Red Vienna : Experiment in Working-class Culture, 1919-34
This study attempts to bring to life the Vienna of the 1920s, a city in which the municipal socialist government not only attempted to create a democratic alternative to the Bolshevik experiment in Russia, but also launched a massive programme to reshape working-class culture. From public housing, welfare, health and education programmes that transformed the face of the city to socialist festivals, parades and sports events, the Austro-Marxist leadership tried to create a new working class, reaching even into the most private spheres of all: the family and sexuality. The text examines how it was a project doomed to failure, largely because of the socialist elite's failure to understand existing working-class subcultures, and because of its disregard for workers' tastes and cultural pursuits.
- Hardback | 280 pages
- 157.48 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
- 05 Dec 1991
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- halftones, 2 maps