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Within Walls takes a different perspective. Paul Betts shows how, despite the primacy of public identities, the private sphere assumed central importance in the GDR from the very outset, and was especially pronounced in the regime's former capital city. In a world in which social interaction was heavily monitored, private life functioned for many citizens as a cherished arena of individuality, alternative identity-formation, and potential dissent. The book carefully charts the changing meaning of private life in the GDR across a variety of fields, ranging from law to photography, religion to interior decoration, family living to memoir literature, revealing the myriad ways in which privacy was expressed, staged, and defended by citizens living in a communist society.
Paul Betts taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1996-1999, and has been teaching Modern German History at the University of Sussex since 2000. He has published numerous works on post-war German history, including The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design (2004), and was the joint editor of the journal German History from 2003-2009.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||p. ix|
|Introduction: Privacy in an Enclosed State||p. 1|
|Secret Societies, Public Institutions, Private Lives|
|Tyranny of Intimacy: The Stasi and East German Society||p. 21|
|The Stasi as 'Undershirt'||p. 24|
|Diary Writing (or Not)||p. 35|
|'Operative Psychology' and Privilege||p. 38|
|The Informant||p. 42|
|East of Eden: Christian Subculture in State Socialism||p. 51|
|A New Reformation||p. 52|
|The 'Youth Dedication' Controversy||p. 56|
|The Christian Home||p. 63|
|Burying the Dead||p. 74|
|Turning Outward||p. 77|
|Intimacy on Display: Getting Divorced in East Berlin||p. 88|
|Marriage and Modernity||p. 89|
|The Interregnum||p. 92|
|Divorce in the New Republic||p. 95|
|The Interventionist 1960s||p. 100|
|Creeping Pessimism: The 1970s and 1980s||p. 108|
|Domestic Ideals, Social Rights, Lived Experiences|
|Building Socialism at Home: Remaking Interiors and Citizens||p. 119|
|The New Cult of the Domestic||p. 120|
|The Invention of Tradition||p. 126|
|Modernization at Home||p. 129|
|Etiquette and Socialist Civilization||p. 136|
|1970s Lifestyles||p. 141|
|Property, Noise, and Honour: Neighourhood Justice in East Berlin||p. 148|
|Dispute Commissions||p. 149|
|Personal Property||p. 154|
|Peace and Quiet||p. 159|
|Insults and Reputation||p. 162|
|Socialism's Social Contract: Individual Citizen Petitions||p. 173|
|The Right to Complain||p. 174|
|The Landlord State||p. 177|
|Narrating Discontent||p. 182|
|Speaking Socialist||p. 186|
|Picturing Privacy: Photography and Domesticity||p. 193|
|Postwar Socialist Photography||p. 194|
|Taking the Camera Indoors||p. 208|
|Epilogue: The House of Spirits: 1989, Civil Rights and the Reclamation of Private Life||p. 227|
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