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The Resource Material fantasies : expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans, Milena Veenis

Material fantasies : expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans, Milena Veenis

Label
Material fantasies : expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans
Title
Material fantasies
Title remainder
expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans
Statement of responsibility
Milena Veenis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This study of East German fantasies of material abundance across the border, both before and after the fall of communism, shows the close and intricate relation between ideology and fantasy in upholding social life. In 1989, news broadcasts all over the world were dominated for weeks by images of East Germans crossing the Berlin Wall to West Germany. The images, representing the fall of communism and the democratic will of the people, also showed East Germans' excitement at finally being able to enter the western consumer paradise. But what exactly had they expected to find on the other side of the Wall? Why did they shed tears of joy when for the first time in their lives, they stepped inside West German shops? And why were they prepared to pay more than 10 percent of their average monthly wage for a pineapple? Drawing on fifteen months of research in the fast-changing post-communist East Germany, Veenis unravels the perennial truths about the interrelationships of fantasies of material wealth, personal fulfillment and social cohesion. She argues persuasively that the far-fetched socialist and capitalist promises of consumption as the road to ultimate well-being, the partial realization and partial corruption thereof, the implicit social and psychological interests underlying the politicized promises in both countries form the breeding ground for the development of materialist, cargo-cult-like fantasies, in which material well-being came to be seen as the place of "fulfillment and ultimate arrival"."--Publisher's website
Member of
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Veenis, Milena
Dewey number
306.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HC290.795.C6
LC item number
V44 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Technology and European history series
Series volume
6
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Post-communism
  • Consumption (Economics)
  • Quality of life
  • Quality of life
  • Germany (East)
  • Germany (West)
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • Unification of Germany (1990)
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Society and social sciences Society and social sciences
  • Sociology and anthropology
  • Consumption (Economics)
  • Post-communism
  • Quality of life
  • International relations
  • Social conditions
  • Germany
  • Germany (East)
  • Germany (West)
  • Verbrauch
  • Deutschland
  • Westliche Welt
  • Business & Economics
  • Economic History
Label
Material fantasies : expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans, Milena Veenis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-275) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The past rewritten
  • A new future: material well-being
  • Material realizations
  • Severe, rational and centrally planned
  • "Far too modern for our people," and economic gaps
  • Queuing and mutual equality
  • The east German dictatorship
  • Theorizing dictatorship
  • Local conversations on dictatorship
  • Irony, a caring state, and the Nische
  • Fieldwork
  • Silenced pasts
  • Different perspectives and jokes about the stasi
  • The stasi's methods and the taboo on more
  • Egalitarianism, crab antics, and adjustment
  • Western promise
  • Irresistible prosperity
  • East Germans' identification with the west
  • The material as fulfillment
  • Shattered illusions
  • The wende
  • Reactions to my presence
  • East Germans' dissatisfaction
  • Three reasons for east German despondency
  • Conclusion
  • Material culture and tell-tale one-liners
  • Generalization, differentiation
  • Germany 1945: a country in ruins
  • material and social trauma
  • In search of a hold
  • The GDR: future promises
Control code
829905896
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (280 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789048515653
Lccn
2012476384
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt45shw0
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)829905896
Label
Material fantasies : expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans, Milena Veenis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-275) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The past rewritten
  • A new future: material well-being
  • Material realizations
  • Severe, rational and centrally planned
  • "Far too modern for our people," and economic gaps
  • Queuing and mutual equality
  • The east German dictatorship
  • Theorizing dictatorship
  • Local conversations on dictatorship
  • Irony, a caring state, and the Nische
  • Fieldwork
  • Silenced pasts
  • Different perspectives and jokes about the stasi
  • The stasi's methods and the taboo on more
  • Egalitarianism, crab antics, and adjustment
  • Western promise
  • Irresistible prosperity
  • East Germans' identification with the west
  • The material as fulfillment
  • Shattered illusions
  • The wende
  • Reactions to my presence
  • East Germans' dissatisfaction
  • Three reasons for east German despondency
  • Conclusion
  • Material culture and tell-tale one-liners
  • Generalization, differentiation
  • Germany 1945: a country in ruins
  • material and social trauma
  • In search of a hold
  • The GDR: future promises
Control code
829905896
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (280 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789048515653
Lccn
2012476384
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt45shw0
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)829905896

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