The Salaried Masses

The Salaried Masses

by Siegfried Kracauer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1859841872

ISBN-13: 9781859841877

Pub. Date: 09/17/1998

Publisher: Verso Books

First published in 1930, Siegfried Kracauer’s work was greeted with great acclaim and soon attained the status of a classic. The object of his inquiry was the new class of salaried employees who populated the cities of Weimar Germany.

Spiritually homeless, divorced from all custom and tradition, these white-collar workers sought refuge in

Overview

First published in 1930, Siegfried Kracauer’s work was greeted with great acclaim and soon attained the status of a classic. The object of his inquiry was the new class of salaried employees who populated the cities of Weimar Germany.

Spiritually homeless, divorced from all custom and tradition, these white-collar workers sought refuge in entertainment—or the “distraction industries,” as Kracauer put it—but, only three years later, were to flee into the arms of Adolf Hitler. Eschewing the instruments of traditional sociological scholarship, but without collapsing into mere journalistic reportage, Kracauer explores the contradictions of this caste. Drawing on conversations, newspapers, adverts and personal correspondence, he charts the bland horror of the everyday. In the process he succeeds in writing not just a prescient account of the declining days of the Weimar Republic, but also a path-breaking exercise in the sociology of culture which has sharp relevance for today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859841877
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
09/17/1998
Pages:
130
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction--Inka Mulder-Bach
Preface
Unknown territory
Selection
Short break for ventilation
Enterprise within the enterprise
Alas, so soon!
Repair shop
A few choice specimens
Refined informality
Among neighbors
Shelter for the homeless
Seen from above
Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen!
Appendices
A. `An outsider attracts attention'--Walter Benjamin
B. Chronology
C. Bibliography
Translator's note

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