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Author James, Jason, 1967- author.

Title Preservation and national belonging in eastern Germany : heritage fetishism and redeeming Germanness / Jason James
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, [2012]


Description 1 online resource (216 pages) : illustrations
Series Palgrave Macmillan memory studies
Palgrave Macmillan memory studies.
Contents The Historic Cityscape and the Unified Nation -- Heimat Eisenach -- Cultural Heritage and Germanness -- Heritage Fetishism and the Heimat Imaginary -- Claiming Cultural Belongings -- Redemption and the Voice of Trauma
Summary "Preservation and National Belonging in Eastern Germany explores the ways everyday citizens grapple with a difficult national past through heritage. East Germans struggle with an identity doubly burdened by Nazism and socialism, and many seek to manage these burdens by laying claim to a redemptive national past in the form of architectural heritage and the hometown cityscape. Understood as cultural and local rather than political and national, heritage and the hometown appear morally untainted -- not only distinct from but also victimized by forces outside the boundaries of this uncorrupted Germanness. For these East Germans, redemption lies in claiming the role of hometown citizen committed to protecting an endangered cultural identity. Based on extensive ethnographic research, and drawing on cultural anthropology and cultural studies, the analysis sheds new light on the everyday politics heritage and memory by highlighting the dynamics longing, fantasy, fetishism, and local performance"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Historic preservation -- Social aspects -- Germany
Historic preservation -- Political aspects -- Germany
Cultural property -- Social aspects -- Germany
Fetishism -- Political aspects -- Germany
National characteristics, German.
Belonging (Social psychology) -- Germany
Memory -- Social aspects -- Germany
History of ideas -- East Germany, DDR.
Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography -- East Germany, DDR.
Physical anthropology -- East Germany, DDR.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Personality.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
Belonging (Social psychology)
Cultural policy.
Historic preservation -- Social aspects.
Memory -- Social aspects.
National characteristics, German.
Politics and government.
Social conditions.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1990-
Germany -- Social conditions.
Germany -- Cultural policy
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781137032836