skip to content
Material fantasies : expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

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

Author: Milena Veenis; Stichting Historie der Techniek.
Publisher: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2012.
Series: Technology and European history series, 6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
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  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy online

Links to this item

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Milena Veenis; Stichting Historie der Techniek.
ISBN: 9789089644008 9089644008
OCLC Number: 794135723
Description: 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Western prosperity as consolation --
Consumption, identity, and fantasy --
Life in dictatorial societies --
Fieldwork. Reactions to my presence --
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. 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 --
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 --
East Germans' dissatisfaction --
Three reasons for East German despondency --
Conclusion. Fantasy --
Hegemony --
Fetishism, commodoties, and the senses.
Series Title: Technology and European history series, 6.
Responsibility: Milena Veenis.

Abstract:

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  Read more...

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/794135723> # Material fantasies : expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
   library:oclcnum "794135723" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Place/amsterdam> ; # Amsterdam
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/ne> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Place/germany> ; # Germany
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/post_communism_germany_east> ; # Post-communism--Germany (East)
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Place/germany_east_germany_west> ; # Germany (East)--Germany (West)
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/977053> ; # International relations
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1919811> ; # Social conditions
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1210273> ; # Germany (West)
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008122817> ; # Quality of life--Germany (West)
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/enttauschung> ; # Enttäuschung
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1085009> ; # Quality of life
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Place/deutschland> ; # Deutschland
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2009121709> ; # Consumption (Economics)--Germany (East)
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/sozialistische_lebensweise> ; # Sozialistische Lebensweise
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Place/germany_west_germany_east> ; # Germany (West)--Germany (East)
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/deutschlandbild> ; # Deutschlandbild
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Event/since_1990> ; # Since 1990
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/quality_of_life_germany_east> ; # Quality of life--Germany (East)
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1072730> ; # Post-communism
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/innerdeutsche_beziehungen> ; # Innerdeutsche Beziehungen
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/306.3/> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/wiedervereinigung> ; # Wiedervereinigung
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/konsumgesellschaft> ; # Konsumgesellschaft
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/nostalgie> ; # Nostalgie
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1355185> ; # Unification of Germany (1990)
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/876455> ; # Consumption (Economics)
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/verbraucherverhalten> ; # Verbraucherverhalten
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/idealisierung> ; # Idealisierung
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1210272> ; # Germany.
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1210274> ; # Germany (East)
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:contributor <http://viaf.org/viaf/138073722> ; # Stichting Historie der Techniek.
   schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/49949832> ; # Milena Veenis
   schema:datePublished "2012" ;
   schema:description ""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."@en ;
   schema:description "Introduction. Western prosperity as consolation -- Consumption, identity, and fantasy -- Life in dictatorial societies -- Fieldwork. Reactions to my presence -- 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. 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 -- 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 -- East Germans' dissatisfaction -- Three reasons for East German despondency -- Conclusion. Fantasy -- Hegemony -- Fetishism, commodoties, and the senses."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/1097380749> ;
   schema:genre "History"@en ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:isPartOf <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Series/technology_and_european_history_series> ; # Technology and European history series ;
   schema:name "Material fantasies : expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans"@en ;
   schema:productID "794135723" ;
   schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/794135723#PublicationEvent/amsterdam_amsterdam_university_press_2012> ;
   schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Agent/amsterdam_university_press> ; # Amsterdam University Press
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9789089644008> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/794135723> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Agent/amsterdam_university_press> # Amsterdam University Press
    a bgn:Agent ;
   schema:name "Amsterdam University Press" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Place/germany_east_germany_west> # Germany (East)--Germany (West)
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "Germany (East)--Germany (West)" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Place/germany_west_germany_east> # Germany (West)--Germany (East)
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "Germany (West)--Germany (East)" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Series/technology_and_european_history_series> # Technology and European history series ;
    a bgn:PublicationSeries ;
   schema:hasPart <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/794135723> ; # Material fantasies : expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans
   schema:name "Technology and European history series ;" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/innerdeutsche_beziehungen> # Innerdeutsche Beziehungen
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Innerdeutsche Beziehungen"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/sozialistische_lebensweise> # Sozialistische Lebensweise
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Sozialistische Lebensweise"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1097380749#Topic/verbraucherverhalten> # Verbraucherverhalten
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Verbraucherverhalten"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008122817> # Quality of life--Germany (West)
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Quality of life--Germany (West)"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2009121709> # Consumption (Economics)--Germany (East)
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Consumption (Economics)--Germany (East)"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1072730> # Post-communism
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Post-communism"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1085009> # Quality of life
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Quality of life"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1210272> # Germany.
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "Germany." ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1210273> # Germany (West)
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "Germany (West)" ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1210274> # Germany (East)
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "Germany (East)" ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1355185> # Unification of Germany (1990)
    a bgn:Meeting, schema:Event ;
   schema:name "Unification of Germany (1990)" ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1919811> # Social conditions
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Social conditions"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/876455> # Consumption (Economics)
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Consumption (Economics)"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/977053> # International relations
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "International relations"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/138073722> # Stichting Historie der Techniek.
    a schema:Organization ;
   schema:name "Stichting Historie der Techniek." ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/49949832> # Milena Veenis
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "Veenis" ;
   schema:givenName "Milena" ;
   schema:name "Milena Veenis" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9789089644008>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "9089644008" ;
   schema:isbn "9789089644008" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/794135723>
    a genont:InformationResource, genont:ContentTypeGenericResource ;
   schema:about <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/794135723> ; # Material fantasies : expectations of the Western consumer world among the East Germans
   schema:dateModified "2017-09-04" ;
   void:inDataset <http://purl.oclc.org/dataset/WorldCat> ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.