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Author Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969.

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 and Andrew J. Perrin.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010.

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 UniM Bail  943.086 ADOR    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Schuld und Abwehr. English
Physical description xii, 233 pages ; 25 cm
Notes Translated from the German.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents PART ONE. Introduction -- Guilt and Defense: Theodor Adorno and the Legacies of National Socialism in German Society / Andrew J. Perrin -- PART TWO. Guilt and Defense / Theodor W. Adorno -- Final Version of the Basic Stimulus (Colburn Letter) -- Preface -- Guilt and Defense -- I. Knowledge of the Events -- II. Guilt -- III. The Self-Image of the Participants -- IV. The Reality behind Defensiveness: Truth and Ideology -- V. Defense -- VI. Elements of National Socialist Ideology -- VII. The Ambivalent Ones -- VIII. Open-minded Participants -- PART THREE. The Debate with Hofstatter -- "On Group Experiment by F. Pollock: A Critical Appraisal" / Peter R. Hofstatter -- "Reply to Peter R. Hofstatter's Critique of Group Experiment" / Theodor W. Adorno -- PART FOUR. Working Through the Past -- "The Meaning of Working Through the Past" / Theodor W. Adorno.
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."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Olick, Jeffrey K., 1964-
Perrin, Andrew J., 1971-
Subject Institut für Sozialforschung (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
National socialism -- Germany -- Public opinion.
Denazification -- Germany -- Public opinion.
Postwar reconstruction -- Germany -- History.
Public opinion -- Germany.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1945-1990.
Germany -- History -- 1945-1990.
ISBN 9780674036031 (alk. paper)
0674036034 (alk. paper)