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The privatization of community: the legacy of collectivism in the post-socialist literature of eastern Germany

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The socialist system in the GDR sought to integrate all citizens into a social collective and to promote collective identity. With the collapse of the socialist system and the absorption of the former GDR into the FDR, citizens were confronted with the challenge to adapt to the entirely different conditions of a free market economy. This paper investigates the ways in which the literature of the post-unification period registers the disorientation created by the loss of collective identity an...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1179/007871909x475599

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Hilda's College
Department:
Humanities Division - Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty - German
Publisher:
W. S. Maney & Son Ltd. Publisher's website
Journal:
Oxford German Studies Journal website
Volume:
38
Issue:
3
Pages:
288-298
Publication date:
2009
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ISSN:
0078-7191
URN:
uuid:1bdd4765-ac3c-4e2e-a060-10c8d879024c
Local pid:
ora:4256

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