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The History of Everyday Life : Reconstructing Historical Experiences and Ways of Life - Alf Ludtke

The History of Everyday Life

Reconstructing Historical Experiences and Ways of Life

By: Alf Ludtke (Editor), William Templer (Translator)

Paperback Published: 21st May 1995
ISBN: 9780691008929
Number Of Pages: 336

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Alltagsgeschichte, or the history of everyday life, emerged during the 1980s as the most interesting new field among West German historians and, more recently, their East German colleagues. Partly in reaction to the modernization theory pervading West German social history in the 1970s, practitioners of alltagsgeschichte stressed the complexities of popular experience, paying particular attention, for instance, to the relationship of the German working class to Nazism. Now the first English translation of a key volume of essays (Alltagsgeschichte: Zur Rekonstruktion historischer Erfahrungen und Lebensweisen) presents this approach and shows how it cuts across the boundaries of established disciplines. The result is a work of great methodological, theoretical, and historiographical significance as well as a substantive contribution to German studies.

Introduced by Alf Ludtke, the volume includes two empirical essays, one by Lutz Niethammer on life courses of East Germans after 1945 and one by Ludtke on modes of accepting fascism among German workers. The remaining five essays are theoretical: Hans Medick writes on ethnological ways of knowledge as a challenge to social history; Peter Schottler, on mentalities, ideologies, and discourses and alltagsgeschichte; Dorothee Wierling, on gender relations and alltagsgeschichte; Wolfgang Kaschuba, on popular culture and workers' culture as symbolic orders; and Harald Dehne on the challenge alltagsgeschichte posed for Marxist-Leninist historiography in East Germany.

"The book will be valuable to those interested in new approaches in social history, social science history, and the sociology of popular culture."--American Journal of Sociology

Forewordp. vii
Introduction: What Is the History of Everyday Life and Who Are Its Practitioners?p. 3
"Missionaries in the Rowboat"? Ethnological Ways of Knowing as a Challenge to Social Historyp. 41
Mentalities, Ideologies, Discourses: On the "Third Level" as a Theme in Social-Historical Researchp. 72
Have We Come Any Closer to Alltag? Everyday Reality and Workers' Lives as an Object of Historical Research in the German Democratic Republicp. 116
The History of Everyday Life and Gender Relations: On Historical and Historiographical Relationshipsp. 149
Popular Culture and Workers' Culture as Symbolic Orders: Comments on the Debate about the History of Culture and Everyday Lifep. 169
What Happened to the "Fiery Red Glow"? Workers' Experiences and German Fascismp. 198
Zeroing in on Change: In Search of Popular Experience in the Industrial Province in the German Democratic Republicp. 252
Glossary of Selected Terms and Abbreviationsp. 313
Contributorsp. 317
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ISBN: 9780691008929
ISBN-10: 0691008922
Series: Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 21st May 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48

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