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Belonging in the Two Berlins: Kin, State, Nation (Cambridge Studies in Social & Cultural Anthropology)

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Belonging in the two Berlins is an ethnographic investigation into the meaning of German selfhood during the Cold War. Taking the practices of everyday life in the divided Berlin as his point of departure, Borneman shows how ideas of kin, state, and nation were constructed through processes of mirror-imaging and misrecognition. Using linguistics and narrative analysis, he compares the autobiographies of two generations of Berlins residents with the official version of the lifecourse prescribed by the two German states. He examines the relation of the dual political structure to everyday life, the way in which the two states legally regulated the lifecourse in order to define the particular categories of self which signify Germanness, and how citizens experientially appropriated the frameworks provided by these states. Living in the two Berlins constantly compelled residents to define themselves in opposition to their other half. Borneman argues that this resulted in a de facto divided Germany with two distinct nations and peoples. The formation of German subjectivity since World War II is unique in that the distinctive features for belonging - for being at home - to one side exclude the other. Indeed, these divisions inscribed by the Cold War account for many of the problems in forging a new cultural unity.

Synopsis:

This is an ethnographic investigation into the meaning of German selfhood during the Cold War. Borneman shows how ideas of kin, state, and nation were constructed through processes of mirror imaging and misrecognition. Using linguistics and narrative analysis he compares the autobiographies of two generations of Berlin's residents with the official versions prescribed by the two German states.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [356]-371) and index.

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Naming, categorizing, periodizing; 2. Clarification of concepts; 3. Demographics of production and reproduction; 4. State strategies and kinship; 5. Victimization, political reconstruction, and kinship transformations in East Berlin: generation I; 6. Sentimentalization, fear, and alternate domestic form in East Berlin: generation II; 7. Hausfrauenehe and kinship restoration in West Berlin: generation I; 8. Politicized kinship in West Berlin: generation II; 9. Marriage, family, nation; Postscript; Notes; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521427159
Author:
Borneman, John
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Leach, Edmund
Author:
Fortes, Meyer
Author:
Tambiah, Stanley
Author:
Goody, Jack
Location:
Cambridge ;
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Kinship
Subject:
Berlin
Subject:
Berlin (Germany) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Berlin (Germany) Social conditions.
Subject:
National characteristics, West German.
Subject:
National characteristics, East German.
Subject:
Ethnology -- Germany -- Berlin.
Subject:
Kinship -- Germany -- Berlin.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Ethnology--Germany--Berlin Ethnology--Germany
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Series Volume:
86
Publication Date:
19921031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
8.94x5.96x.83 in. 1.20 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Europe » Germany » Modern Germany
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