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Political epistemics : the secret police, the opposition, and the end of East German socialism

Author: Andreas Glaeser
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, ©2011.
Series: Chicago studies in practices of meaning.
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What does the durability of political institutions have to do with how actors form knowledge about them? The author investigates this question in the context of a historical case: socialist East  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andreas Glaeser
ISBN: 9780226297934 9780226297941 0226297934 0226297942
OCLC Number: 555650382
Description: xxxiii, 606 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Understandings, politics, and institutions --
I: Socialism as a self-fulfilling prophecy : the party's project. From Marx to conscious social transformation ; Aporias of producing right consciousness --
II: Contingencies and dynamics of understanding : the theory. Constituting understandings through validations ; Dialectics in spaces of validation --
III: Becoming socialist men : the Stasi officers. Guardians of the party state ; Stasi culture : authority, networks, and discourses --
IV: Disenchantment, disengagement, opposition : the dissidents. When someone's Eden becomes another's purgatory ; Forming groups, organizing opposition --
V: Policing understandings : reproducing misunderstandings. Attempting to know and control the opposition --
Conclusions : Paralyzing uncertainties.
Series Title: Chicago studies in practices of meaning.
Responsibility: Andreas Glaeser.

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