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Author Fuller, Linda, 1944-

Title Where was the working class? : revolution in Eastern Germany / Linda Fuller.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1999]
©1999

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Physical description x, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [225]-236) and index.
Contents 1. Everyday Worlds of Work and Class -- 2. Workers in the Gallery: The Single-Class Character of Revolutionary Politics -- 3. The Socialist Labor Process -- 4. Workplace Politics -- 5. The Class Relationship Revisited -- 6. Workers on Stage: Activists in the Revolution -- 7. A Second Look at the Labor Process and Workplace Politics -- 8. Workers in the Wings: Passive Participants in Revolutionary Politics -- 9. Class, the Labor Process, and Workplace Politics in Comparative Perspective: Poland and the GDR -- App. Doing Research in the GDR and the Former GDR.
Summary In six months bridging 1989 and 1990, the German Democratic Republic underwent a transformation that took the world almost completely by surprise. Yet unlike the revolution in Poland a decade earlier, only a small percentage of workers played a politically active role in the fall of socialism in Germany.
In this unprecedented study, Linda Fuller sets out to explain why the working class was largely missing from the 1989-90 revolution. Drawing on pre- and postrevolutionary visits to East German worksites and dozens of interviews, Fuller documents workers' day-to-day experience of the labor process, workplace union politics, and class. She shows how all three factors led most workers to withdraw from politics, even while prompting a handful to become actively involved in the struggle.
Subject Working class -- Political activity -- Germany (East) -- History -- 20th century.
Labor movement -- Germany (East) -- History -- 20th century.
Socialism -- Germany (East) -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0252024427 (cloth : alk. paper)
0252067517 (paperback: alk. paper)