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Author Sedlmaier, Alexander, author.

Title Consumption and violence : radical protest in Cold-War West Germany / Alexander Sedlmaier.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor [Michigan] : The University of Michigan Press, [2014]


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Description 1 online resource (335 pages).
Series Social history, popular culture, and politics in Germany
Social history, popular culture, and politics in Germany.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Department Stores : Political Protest in the Commercial Sphere -- Neo-Marxist Critiques of Affluent Society : "Need to Break the Rules" -- Consumer Society under Fire : The Militant Targeting of an Abstract Enemy -- Public Transport : Protest against Fare Increases -- The Media : The Anti-Springer Campaign -- Urban Space : The Squatting Movement -- Global Responsibilities : In Search of Consumer Morality and Solidarity.
Summary "Combining the tools of political, social, cultural, and intellectual history, Consumption and Violence : Radical Protest in Cold-War West Germany explores strategies of legitimization developed by advocates of militant resistance to certain manifestations of consumer capitalism. The book contributes to a more sober evaluation of West German protest movements, not just terrorism, as it refrains from emotional and moral judgments, but takes the protesters' approaches seriously, which, regarding consumer society, had a rational core. Political violence is not presented as the result of individual shortcomings, but emerges in relation to major societal changes, i.e., the unprecedented growth of consumption. This new perspective sheds important light on violence and radical protest in post-war Germany, as previous books have failed to examine to what extent these forms of resistance should be regarded as reactions to changing regimes of provision. Continuing the recently growing interest in the interdependence of countercultures and consumer society, the focus on violence gives the argument a unique twist, making the book thought-provoking and engaging"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
Subject Political violence -- Germany (West) -- History.
Protest movements -- Germany (West) -- History.
Radicalism -- Germany (West) -- History.
Government, Resistance to -- Germany (West) -- History.
Consumption (Economics) -- Political aspects -- Germany (West) -- History.
Capitalism -- Political aspects -- Germany (West) -- History.
Social change -- Germany (West) -- History.
Germany (West) -- Politics and government.
Germany (West) -- Social conditions.
Germany (West) -- Economic conditions.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
HISTORY -- General.
Capitalism -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00846436
Consumption (Economics) -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00876467
Economic history. (OCoLC)fst00901974
Government, Resistance to. (OCoLC)fst00945663
Political violence. (OCoLC)fst01069902
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Protest movements. (OCoLC)fst01079826
Radicalism. (OCoLC)fst01087015
Social change. (OCoLC)fst01122310
Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01919811
Germany (West) (OCoLC)fst01210273
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Sedlmaier, Alexander. Consumption and violence 9780472119417 (DLC) 2014016055 (OCoLC)888553029
ISBN 9780472120543 (electronic bk.)
0472120549 (electronic bk.)
9780472900947 (electronic bk.)
0472900943 (electronic bk.)
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