Synopses & Reviews
Since German unification, there have been many reports about xenophobia in Germany and the government has attempted to stem the new wave of racism. In contrast, the voices of the victims of racism -- refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants -- are seldom heard.
This first anthology of essays by significant writers from minority groups in Germany -- Turks, Afro-Germans, German Jews, Eastern Europeans and others -- sheds new light on the diverse experiences of minority groups living in Germany today. It also introduces to English-speaking audiences innovative literary talents whose contribution to German culture has not yet received the attention it deserves.
Students of contemporary German culture who wish to increase their understanding of the changing nature of German society will find this book invaluable. It will also be of interest to anyone following the rise of xenophobia in Germany, its possible causes, and the changing politics of immigration.
"This is a well constructed selection. The translators and editors have carried out a valuable service making these writings available to an English speaking public." --Socialist Review
"An eye-opener . . . The editors and translators have made an enormous contribution to German and European Studies." --World Literature Today
"Fringe Voices is a spirited contribution to the contemporary debate about immigration and citizenship rights." --German Politics
About the Author
is a Assistant Professor of German,at The College of Wooster.
Anne-Marie Stokes is Previously Visiting Assitant Professor of German, Union College, now at the University of Glasgow.
Friedemann Weidauer is on the faculty of the University of Connecticut.
Table of Contents
pt. I. Introduction -- pt. II. German Jews : living in a double Diaspora -- pt. III. Afro-Germans : Black and German : a paradox? -- pt. IV. Ethnic Germans from eastern Europe : strangers in their own home -- pt. V. Guest workers : permanent guests or temporary residents? -- pt. VI. Turks in Germany ; from German Turks to Turkish-Germans.