Bringing Culture to the Masses Esther Von Richthofen

ISBN: 9781282627529

Published: January 1st 2009

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239 pages


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Bringing Culture to the Masses  by  Esther Von Richthofen

Bringing Culture to the Masses by Esther Von Richthofen
January 1st 2009 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 239 pages | ISBN: 9781282627529 | 7.52 Mb

Cultural life in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) was strictly controlled by the ruling party, the SED, who attempted to dictate how people spent their free time by prohibiting privately organized leisure time pursuits and offering insteadMoreCultural life in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) was strictly controlled by the ruling party, the SED, who attempted to dictate how people spent their free time by prohibiting privately organized leisure time pursuits and offering instead cultural activities in state institutions and organizations.

By exploring the nature of dictatorial rule in the GDR and analysing the populations engagement with state-organized cultural activity, this book challenges the current assumptions about the GDRs social and institutional history that ignore the interaction and inter-dependence between rulers and ruled. The author argues that the peoples cultural life in the GDR developed a dynamic of its own- it was determined by their own interests and by the input of cultural functionaries, who often aimed to satisfy popular demands, even if they were at odds with the SEDs cultural policy.

Gradually, these developments affected SED cultural policy, which in the 1960s became less focused on educationalist goals and increasingly oriented towards popular interests.



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