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Divided in Unity : Identity, Germany and the Berlin Police - Andreas Glaeser

Divided in Unity

Identity, Germany and the Berlin Police

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780226297842
Number Of Pages: 383

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More than a decade after unification, Germany remains deeply divided. Following East and West German police officers on their patrols through the newly-united city of Berlin and observing how they make sense of one another in a fast-changing environment, Andreas Glaeser explains how East-West boundaries have been maintained by the interactions of institutions, practices, and cultural forms-including diverging patterns of understanding rooted in vastly different social systems, readily revived Cold War images, the continuing search for an adequate response to Germany's Nazi past, and the politics and organization of unification, which impose highly asymmetrical burdens on east and west. Glaeser also leverages his ethnography to develop an innovative approach to studying identity formation processes. Central to his theory is an emphasis on the exchange of identifications and the particular ways in which they are deployed and recognized in interpretations, narratives, and performances as parts of face-to-face encounters, political discourses, and organizational practices.

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"A curious puzzle lies at the heart of Glaeser's skillful ethnography.... The dominant reason given for unifying Germany was a shared nationality. Yet as Glaeser convincingly illustrates, the process of unification has foundered on the very shoals of cultural difference.... This book is fascinating, theoretically rich, and empirically rewarding." - Martha Lampland, American Journal of Sociology

Viewing Each Other through Space
The Political Organization of Identification
Times Ajar
Performing Work
Challenging Sincerity
Individual Rights and the Morality of States
Building, Shifting, and Transgressing the Public-Private Divide Conclusion
List of Acronyms or Abbreviations
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ISBN: 9780226297842
ISBN-10: 0226297845
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 383
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Type: New edition

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