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The Emancipation of Writing is the first study of writing in its connection to bureaucracy, citizenship, and the state in Germany. Stitching together micro- and macro-level analysis, it reconstructs the vibrant, textually saturated civic culture of the German southwest in the aftermath of the French Revolution and Napoleon's invasions. Ian F. McNeely reveals that Germany's notoriously oppressive bureaucracy, when viewed through the writing practices that were its lifeblood, could also function as a site of citizenship. Citizens, acting under the mediation of powerful local scribes, practiced their freedoms in written engagements with the state. Their communications laid the basis for civil society, showing how social networks commonly associated with the free market, the free press, and the voluntary association could also take root in powerful state institutions.

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"A superbly crafted major intervention into the hotly contested issue of German civil society - its origins, formation, and fate. McNeely turns the tables on deconstructive approaches to formalism in writing and shows how writing was thoroughly implicated in state power and corporate culture."—David Sabean, author of Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870

"This work's use of archival evidence to overhaul grand theory puts it in a league of its own. McNeely crafts a startlingly original argument about the inventions of citizenship and of modern political culture. It will be required if unsettling reading for anyone pondering the legacies of Tocqueville, Habermas, or Foucault."—Richard Biernacki, author of The Fabrication of Labor: Germany and Britain, 1640-1914

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-323) and index.

About the Author

Ian F. McNeely is Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I

OFFICIAL POWER AND THE PAPER TRAIL

Chapter 1 The civic landscape

Political culture

Social geography

Mediating institutions

Chapter 2 The tutelage of the scribes

The formality of daily life

Manipulations of authority

Crisis in the writing trades

Chapter 3 The Black Forest Cahier

Political ventriloquism

Networks of collegiality

Provincials and cosmopolitans

A breach of protocol

Chapter 4 Constitutional fetishism

Litigating local conflict

Democratization by codification

Heinrich Bolley v. the king

Epilogue

PART II

INSCRIBING A SPACE OF FREEDOM

Chapter 5 Transcending "textual serfdom"

Administrative colonization

Tutelage on a new terrain

The reconstitution of politics

Chapter 6 Reading, writing, and reform

Edicts: the letter of the law

Sociography and enforcement

Knowledge entrepreneurs

Chapter 7 Cataloging the social world

Statistical topography

Patriotic science

Encyclopedism as local passion

Chapter 8 The intelligence gazettes

Popular Enlightenment

Reaching the citizenry

The market for information

Conclusion

Abbreviations

Glossary

Sources

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520233300
Author:
McNeely, Ian F.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
McNeely, Ian F.
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Bureaucracy
Subject:
Written communication
Subject:
Civil society
Subject:
Bureaucracy -- Germany -- History.
Subject:
Written communication -- Germany -- History.
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
World History-Germany
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture
Series Volume:
48
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 b/w photographs, 4 line illustrations,
Pages:
345
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.06 lb

Related Subjects

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"A superbly crafted major intervention into the hotly contested issue of German civil society - its origins, formation, and fate. McNeely turns the tables on deconstructive approaches to formalism in writing and shows how writing was thoroughly implicated in state power and corporate culture."—David Sabean, author of Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700-1870

"This work's use of archival evidence to overhaul grand theory puts it in a league of its own. McNeely crafts a startlingly original argument about the inventions of citizenship and of modern political culture. It will be required if unsettling reading for anyone pondering the legacies of Tocqueville, Habermas, or Foucault."—Richard Biernacki, author of The Fabrication of Labor: Germany and Britain, 1640-1914

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-323) and index.
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