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Triumph and Trauma by Bernhard Giesen
Book DescriptionThis book deals with triumphant and tragic heroes, with victims and perpetrators as archetypes of the Western imagination. A major recent change in Western societies is that memories of triumphant heroism-for example, the revolutionary uprising of the people-are increasingly replaced by the public remembrance of collective trauma of genocide, slavery and expulsion. The first part of the book deals with the heroes and victims and explores the social construction of charisma and its inevitable decay. Part 2 focuses on a paradigm case of the collective trauma of perpetrators: German national identity between 1945 and 2000. After a time of latency, the legacy of nationalistic trauma was addressed in a public conflict between generations. The conflict took center stage in vivid public debates and became a core element of Germany's official political culture. Today public confessions of the guilt of the past have spread beyond the German case. They are part of a new post-utopian pattern of collective identity in a globalised setting.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781594510380
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bernhard Giesen
Iconic Power, Paperback (December 2013)
A collection of original articles edited by Jeffrey Alexander, Dominik Bartmanski, and Bernhard Giesen that explore social aspects of the phenomenon of icon. Having experienced the benefits and realized the limitations of so called 'linguistic turn', sociology has recently acknowledged a need to further expand its horizons.
Social Performance, Paperback (May 2006)
Edited volume that uniquely attempts to synthesize sociological and performance studies theories with conceptual frameworks.
Triumph and Trauma, Paperback (July 2004)
Examining the collective trauma of perpetrators (especially German national identity between 1945 and 2000) as well as victims, this book provides a fascinating insight into post-utopian patterns of collective identity in a globalised world.
European Citizenship, Hardback (October 2000)» View all books by Bernhard Giesen
This volume looks the foundations of citizenship in Europe: the legacy of national identities, designs and projects for social and political citizenship in Europe, public space as the basis of European citizenship and a collective identity as a symbolic boundary for citizenship.
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Author Biography - Bernhard Giesen
Bernhard Giesen, Professor of Sociology at the University of Konstanz, Germany, is the author most recently of Intellectuals and the Nation: Collective Identity in a German Axial Age and The Micro-Macro Link.
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