The History of Everyday Life: Reconstructing Historical Experiences and Ways of Life / Edition 1

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Overview

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 Lüdtke, the volume includes two empirical essays, one by Lutz Niethammer on life courses of East Germans after 1945 and one by Lüdtke 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 Schöttler, 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.

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

Foreword
Ch. 1 Introduction: What Is the History of Everyday Life and Who Are Its Practitioners? 3
Ch. 2 "Missionaries in the Rowboat"? Ethnological Ways of Knowing as a Challenge to Social History 41
Ch. 3 Mentalities, Ideologies, Discourses: On the "Third Level" as a Theme in Social-Historical Research 72
Ch. 4 Have We Come Any Closer to Alltag? Everyday Reality and Workers' Lives as an Object of Historical Research in the German Democratic Republic 116
Ch. 5 The History of Everyday Life and Gender Relations: On Historical and Historiographical Relationships 149
Ch. 6 Popular Culture and Workers' Culture as Symbolic Orders: Comments on the Debate about the History of Culture and Everyday Life 169
Ch. 7 What Happened to the "Fiery Red Glow"? Workers' Experiences and German Fascism 198
Ch. 8 Zeroing in on Change: In Search of Popular Experience in the Industrial Province in the German Democratic Republic 252
Glossary of Selected Terms and Abbreviations 313
Contributors 317
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