The Salaried Masses

The Salaried Masses

by Siegfried Kracauer
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859841877
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
09/17/1998
Pages:
130
Sales rank:
392,358
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Preface25
Unknown territory28
Selection33
Short break for ventilation40
Enterprise within the enterprise47
Alas, so soon!53
Repair shop60
A few choice specimens68
Refined informality74
Among neighbours81
Shelter for the homeless88
Seen from above96
Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen!102
Appendices107
A'An outsider attracts attention'109
BChronology115
CBibliography117
Translator's note121

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