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"Sick society" and "Buschzulage" - images of the East German transformation

"Kranke Gesellschaft" und "Buschzulage" - Bilder der ostdeutschen Transformation
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Brinkmann, Ulrich

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Corporate Editor Universität Jena, Fak. für Sozial- und Verhaltenswissenschaften, Institut für Soziologie Lehrstuhl für Arbeits-, Industrie- und Wirtschaftssoziologie
Abstract "This text explores the history and conditions of origins of two very popular metaphor-fads in the context of the German transformation process. Moreover it analyses the impact of the changing contexts on the meaning of metaphors. Two theses are illuminated: 1. The early transformation period required a strong and shared believe that the far-reaching political actions started made a good economic and social sense with regards to the initial situation. Thus the discoursive construction of the GDR as an 'sick society' served eastern as well as western definitions and postulations. 2. The diversifying interests between East and West as well as the wide-ranging process of deindustrialisation with all its problematic consequences led to a development of more elaborate and distinguishing metaphors such as 'Buschzulage' that are not quite emphasizing the common beliefs but the separating elements. The research is carried out by an analysis of data banks containing nationwide German newspapers." (author's abstract)
Keywords metaphor; stereotype; worldview; context analysis; transformation; social change; language change; meaning; Federal Republic of Germany; German Democratic Republic (GDR); New Federal States; post-socialist country; political activity; political attitude; reunification; image of society
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; Sociology of Communication, Sociology of Language, Sociolinguistics
Method descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Jena
Page/Pages 26 p.
Series Working Papers: Economic Sociology Jena, 4/2008
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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