Unruly Masses

Unruly Masses : The Other Side of Fin-de-siecle Vienna

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Fin-de-Siecle Vienna has become the glorified icon of innovative modernism in the arts and letters. The detailed and rich account of the suburban life-worlds presents a very different image, namely one of harsh struggles for subsistence and survival, extreme disparities between the social classes resulting in spatial and cultural segregation, escape into the dream-worlds and cheap pleasures of early mass culture, and rebellion of proletarian youth gangs. The misery of the masses in the suburbs stood in stark contrast to the urban social order of the wealthy elites who were facing the new "collective subjects" of emerging mass politics; whose aesthetically highly differentiated culture opposed a culture of the masses stigmatized as profane and vulgar; whose skeptical discourse of reason rooted in the late bourgeois enlightenment was in contrast to the irrational ferment of a "politics of feeling" that found expression in (German) nationalism and anti-Semitism.
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 113.4g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1845454464
  • 9781845454463
  • 1,115,274

Table of contents

List of Figures Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Anarchy in Ottakring Chapter 3. Oral Countryside, Written City Chapter 4. Projection and Grids Chapter 5. A Panorama of Misery Chapter 6. The Suburb as the OtherA" of Civilization Chapter 7. Compression and Decompression Chapter 8. From Popular to Modern: Mass Culture as Desire Machine Chapter 9. A Hermeneutics of the Mundane Chapter 10. A Culture of Resistance Chapter 11. The Revolt of the Streets Chapter 12. The Transgression of the Popular: Karl Lueger and Franz Schuhmeier Notes Bibliography Index
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" - this slim volume amazes through its enormously rich information [and] convincingly combines theory and empirical material." * Neue Zurcher Zeitung " - a pioneering achievement. A self-referential cultural history needs, more than ever, a mapping out of the social context." * Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
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About Wolfgang Maderthaner

Wolfgang Maderthaner is director of the Society for Labor History in Vienna. The focus of his work is mainly on social and cultural history, cultural theory, urban anthropology, urban studies, and mass culture. He has organized some major exhibitions and research projects in these areas, and his books have been translated into many languages.Lutz Musner is Associate Director of IFK, an international research center for cultural studies in Vienna. Prior to joining the IFK, he had been on the staff of the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research and the Conference of Austrian Rectors. He studied Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Innsbruck. After completing his Ph.D. he joined the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago as a Visiting Scholar.
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