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Author Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969, author.

Title Guilt and defense : on the legacies of national socialism in postwar Germany / Theodor W. Adorno ; translated, edited, and with an introduction by Jeffrey K. Olick, Andrew J. Perrin
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, [2010]


Description 1 online resource (xii, 233 pages)
Summary "Beginning in 1949, Theodor W. Adorno and other members of the reconstituted Frankfurt Institute for Social Research undertook a massive empirical study of German opinions about the legacies of the Nazis, applying and modifying techniques they had learned during their U.S. exile. They published their results in 1955 as a research monograph edited by Friedrich Pollock. The study's qualitative results are published here for the first time in English as Guilt and Defense, a psychoanalytically informed analysis of the rhetorical and conceptual mechanisms with which postwar Germans most often denied responsibility for the Nazi past. In their editorial introduction, Jeffrey K. Olick and Andrew J. Perrin show how Adorno's famous 1959 essay "The Meaning of Working Through the Past" is comprehensible only as a conclusion to his long-standing research and as a reaction to the debate it spurred; this volume also includes a critique by psychologist Peter R. Hoffstatter as well as Adorno's rejoinder. This previously little-known debate provides important new perspectives on postwar German political culture, on the dynamics of collective memory, and on Adorno's intellectual legacies, which have contributed more to empirical social research than has been acknowledged. A companion volume, Group Experiment, will present the first book-length English translation of the Frankfurt Group's conceptual, methodological, and theoretical innovations in public opinion research."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translated from the German
Description based on print version record
Subject Institut für Sozialforschung (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
SUBJECT Institut für Sozialforschung (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) fast
Subject National socialism -- Germany -- Public opinion
Denazification -- Germany -- Public opinion
Postwar reconstruction -- Germany -- History
Public opinion -- Germany
Denazification -- Public opinion
National socialism -- Public opinion
Politics and government
Postwar reconstruction
Public opinion
SUBJECT Germany -- Politics and government -- 1945-1990.
Germany -- History -- 1945-1990.
Subject Germany
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Olick, Jeffrey K., 1964- editor.
Perrin, Andrew J., 1971- editor.
ISBN 9780674265585
Other Titles Schuld und abwehr. English