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Fringe voices : texts by and ab - Friedemann Weidauer

Fringe voices

texts by and ab

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9781859731321
Number Of Pages: 300

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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.

'A kaleidoscopic picture builds up, not just of racism, but of resistance as well. Again and again, the stereotypes of Germany and the Germans are broken down.' '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

Acknowledgmentp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Germany, not a Country of Immigration?p. 3
Germany as a Multicultural Society: Legal Challenges, Ideological Shifts and Socioeconomic Realitiesp. 9
Minority Literature and its Role in a Multicultural Societyp. 16
German Jews: Living in a Double Diasporap. 23
Playing Assp. 31
Zionismp. 35
The Underlingp. 43
Why I Am Leaving This Countryp. 47
Heimat? No, Thanks!p. 57
Afro-Germans: Black and German - a Paradox?p. 75
An 'Occupation Baby' in Postwar Germanyp. 80
Caught among Germansp. 89
The Year 1990. Homeland and Unity from an Afro-German Perspectivep. 105
East German Blackp. 120
Ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe: Strangers in Their Own Homep. 123
The Identity of a Minority is Reflected in its Languagep. 128
The Apparent Patience of the Linep. 135
Multiculturalp. 141
The Funeral Speechp. 145
And Still Our Heart Is Frightenedp. 149
Does That Rat Poison Taste Good?p. 163
Guest Workers: Permanent Guests or Temporary Residents?p. 171
Dead Soul Costs 200 Marksp. 175
The Flying Treep. 187
The Last Words of the Migrant Ratp. 194
After Yesterdayp. 198
Integration, a Thought Consisting of Seven Thesesp. 200
The Cafe Tales of Abu al Abedp. 207
Margarita's Diaryp. 218
Turks in Germany: From German Turks to Turkish-Germansp. 219
Karagoz in Alamania/Blackeye in Germanyp. 224
Terrible Times under Dursunp. 234
My Two Facesp. 238
Women are Property and Honourp. 241
Putting Obstructions in Young Turks' Wayp. 243
You Will Never Be Able to Learn This Languagep. 245
I Thought I Was in Hellp. 247
I Played a Rolep. 249
Mother Tonguep. 252
Germany - a Heimat for Turks?p. 256
Not an Oriental (Fairy) Talep. 264
Zarathustra's Wounded Childrenp. 272
Selected Bibliographyp. 279
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ISBN: 9781859731321
ISBN-10: 1859731325
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1