On the Social Life of Postsocialism: Memory, Consumption, Germany

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Anthropologist Daphne Berdahl was one of the leading scholars of the transition from state socialism to capitalism in central and eastern Europe. From her pathbreaking ethnography of a former East German border village in the aftermath of German reunification to her insightful analyses of consumption, nostalgia, and citizenship in the early 21st century, Berdahl's writings probe the contradictions, paradoxes, and ambiguities of postsocialism as few observers have done. This volume brings together her essays, from...

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Overview

Anthropologist Daphne Berdahl was one of the leading scholars of the transition from state socialism to capitalism in central and eastern Europe. From her pathbreaking ethnography of a former East German border village in the aftermath of German reunification to her insightful analyses of consumption, nostalgia, and citizenship in the early 21st century, Berdahl's writings probe the contradictions, paradoxes, and ambiguities of postsocialism as few observers have done. This volume brings together her essays, from an early study of memory at the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, D.C., to research on consumption and citizenship undertaken in Leipzig in the years before her untimely death. It serves as a superb introduction to the development of the field of postsocialist cultural studies.

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Editorial Reviews

H-SAE

"This collection is an excellent introduction to Daphne Berdahl's generous and insightful ethnography... [R]eaders will be rewarded by her perceptive research, skillful prose, and humanizing insights." —H-SAE, April, 2011

German Studies Review

"This highly readable book spans a full life of research and offers researchers and students alike an opportunity to continue the discussions which Berdahl pioneered as the historical events themselves were taking place." —German Studies Review

Katherine Verdery

"The wide-ranging themes of this marvelous collection—memory and history, consumption, citizenship, nostalgia, identity, postsocialism—are unified by Daphne Berdahl's sophisticated overarching conception of their interconnections and her splendid gift for ethnography. A valuable and enduring resource for anyone interested in socialism's aftermath." —Katherine Verdery, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Anthropological Notebooks

"As a posthumous publication and deserved labour of love, this compilation understandably has some repetitions and loose ends, but also highly suggestive arguments that remain ours to pursue. It is a pleasure to follow Berdahl's lines of thought and growth as a scholar, her consummate fieldwork and writing." —Anthropological Notebooks

From the Publisher
"As a posthumous publication and deserved labour of love, this compilation understandably has some repetitions and loose ends, but also highly suggestive arguments that remain ours to pursue. It is a pleasure to follow Berdahl's lines of thought and growth as a scholar, her consummate fieldwork and writing." —Anthropological Notebooks

"This highly readable book spans a full life of research and offers researchers and students alike an opportunity to continue the discussions which Berdahl pioneered as the historical events themselves were taking place." —German Studies Review

"This collection is an excellent introduction to Daphne Berdahl's generous and insightful ethnography... [R]eaders will be rewarded by her perceptive research, skillful prose, and humanizing insights." —H-SAE, April, 2011

German History

"Scholars interested in meaning, memory, consumption and representation of the East German past will greatly benefit from reading this thoughtful volume." —German History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253221704
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Series: New Anthropologies of Europe Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Daphne Berdahl (1964–2007) was Associate Professor of Anthropology and Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is author of Where the World Ended: Re-Unification and Identity in the German Borderland and editor (with Matti Bunzl and Martha Lampland) of Altering States: Ethnographies of Transition in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.

Matti Bunzl is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is author of Symptoms of Modernity: Jews and Queers in Late-Twentieth-Century Vienna and Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Hatreds Old and New in Europe.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Herzfeld vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Matti Bunzl xiii

Part 1 Washington, D.C.

1 Voices at the Wall: Discourses of Self, History, and National Identity at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 3

Part 2 Kella

2 Consumer Rites: The Politics of Consumption in Re-Unified Germany 33

3 "(N)Ostalgie" for the Present: Memory, Longing, and East German Things 48

4 "Go, Trabi, Go!": Reflections on a Car and Its Symbolization over Time 60

5 Mixed Devotions: Religion, Friendship, and Fieldwork in Postsocialist East Germany 68

Part 3 Leipzig

6 The Spirit of Capitalism and the Boundaries of Citizenship in Post-Wall Germany 87

7 Local Hero, National Crook: "Doc" Schneider and the Spectacle of Finance Capital 101

8 Expressions of Experience and Experiences of Expression: Museum Re-Presentations of GDR History 112

9 Goodbye Lenin, Aufwiedersehen GDR: On the Social Life of Socialism 123

Notes 135

References 147

Index 161

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