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- DescriptionCombining ethgraphy, history, and social theory, Dominic Boyer's Spirit and System exposes how the shifting fortunes and social perceptions of German intellectuals in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries influenced German's conceptions of modernity and national culture. Boyer analyzes the creation and mediation of the social kwledge of German-ness from nineteenth-century university culture and its philosophies of history, to the media systems and redemptive public cultures of the Third Reich and the German Democratic Republic, to the present-day experiences of former East German journalists seeking to explain life in post-unification Germany. Throughout this study, Boyer reveals how dialectical kwledge of German-ness - that is, kwledge that emphasizes a cultural tension between an inner spirit and an external system of social life - is modeled unconsciously upon intellectuals' self-kwledge as it tracks their fluctuation between alienation and utopianism in their interpretations of nation and modernity.
- Author BiographyDominic Boyer is assistant professor of anthropology at Cornell University.
- Author(s)Dominic Boyer
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication11/11/2005
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note7 halftones
- Weight452 g
- Width181 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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