Back to the postindustrial future : an ethnography of Germany's fastest shrinking city / Felix Ringel.

Ringel, Felix [Browse]
  • New York, [New York] ; Oxford, [England] : Berghahn Books, 2018.
  • ©2018
1 online resource (222 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps, photographs.


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How does an urban community come to terms with the loss of its future? The former socialist model city of Hoyerswerda is an extreme case of a declining postindustrial city. Built to serve the GDR coal industry, it lost over half its population to outmigration after German reunification and the coal industry crisis, leading to the large-scale deconstruction of its cityscape. This book tells the story of its inhabitants, now forced to reconsider their futures. Building on recent theoretical work, it advances a new anthropological approach to time, allowing us to investigate the postindustrial era and the futures it has supposedly lost.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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  • Introduction: anthropology and the future : notes from a shrinking fieldsite
  • "There can only be one narrative" : postsocialism, shrinkage and the politics of context in Hoyerswerda
  • Reasoning about the past : temporal politics and moral historical education in a city with no future
  • "Hoyerswerda-- ?" : "-- once had a future!" : temporal flexibility and the politics of
  • The future
  • Enforced futurism / Prescribed Hopes : Affective Politics and Pedagogies of the Future
  • Performing the future : endurance, maintenance and self-formation in times of shrinkage
  • Conclusion: Coming to terms with the future / "Zukunftsbewaltigung"
  • Bibliography
  • Index.
  • 10.1515/9781785337994
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