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Title Pleasure and power in Nazi Germany / edited by Corey Ross, Pamela Swett, Fabrice d'Almeida
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Contents Pleasure and power in Nazi Germany : an introduction / P.E. Swett, C. Ross & F. d'Almeida -- pt. 1. Consumption and the privileges of pleasure -- Driving, shopping, and smoking : the Society for Consumer Research and the politics of pleasure in Nazi Germany / S.J. Wiesen -- Selling sexual pleasure in 1930s Germany / P.E. Swett -- Luxury and fashion under national socialism / F. d'Almeida -- pt. 2. Discipline and distraction : entertainments and the aesthetics of pleasure -- The structure of aesthetic pleasure in the Nazi reception of Goethe's Faust / D. Pan -- "German humour" in books : the attractiveness and political significance of laughter during the Nazi era / P. Merziger -- Pleasure, practicality, and propaganda : popular magazines in Nazi Germany, 1933-39 / K.C. Führer -- Radio, film, and morale : wartime entertainment between mobilization and distraction / C. Ross -- pt. 3. The pleasures of community and consensus -- Seeing the world : photography, photojournalism, and visual pleasure in the Third Reich / E. Harvey -- The pleasures of being a "political soldier" : Nazi functionaries and their service to the "movement" / D. Mühlenfeld -- The pleasure of terror : belonging through genocide / T. Kühne -- The pleasures of opposition : leisure, solidarity, and resistance of a life-reform group / M. Roseman
Summary "Although we associate the Third Reich above all with suffering, pain, and fear, pleasure played a central role in its social and cultural dynamics. This book explores the relationship between the rationing of pleasures as a means of political stabilization and the pressure on the Nazi regime to cater to popular cultural expectations"-- Provided by publisher
Over the past couple of decades, the role of entertainment and leisure has occupied an increasingly prominent place in historical research, nowhere more so than in the vast literature on Nazi Germany. By and large the picture that has emerged highlights the necessity of even as repressive a regime as that of the Nazis to cater to popular cultural expectations. The fact that these expectations and desires very often revolve around some sense of pleasure is the basic rationale behind this unique collection of essays. As a means of social stabilization and political acquiescence, pleasure arguably promised far greater returns than repression or indoctrination ever could. This volume explores the role of pleasure and pleasure-seeking in the Third Reich, the meanings ascribed to it and the ways in which they interacted with other priorities and necessities in social and political life
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Amusements -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Pleasure -- Social aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Political culture -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Political stability -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Power (Social sciences) -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Social control -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Germany -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Almeida, Fabrice d'.
Ross, Corey, 1969-
Swett, Pamela E., 1970-
ISBN 0230271685 (Cloth)
023030690X (electronic bk.)
9780230271685 (Cloth)
9780230306905 (electronic bk.)