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Anglophilia: The Hamburg bourgeoisie and the importation of English middle class culture in the Wilhelmine era (Germany)

Опубликовано на портале: 19-05-2004
2001
Организация: Brown University (Brown University)
Подтип: PhD
Тематические разделы: Социология, Социальная стратификация

Aннотация:
The dissertation examines the importation of English middle class culture in Hamburg between 1890 and 1914.


The dissertation examines the importation of English middle class culture in Hamburg between 1890 and 1914. Specifically, it looks at the manner in which the city's bourgeoisie imported, adopted, and rejected elements of English middle class culture as it adjusted to urban mass culture. The bourgeoisie used English middle class culture as a paradigm for which it could modernize itself, amalgamate elements of the affluent and educated bourgeoisie into a modern middle class, while at the same time, maintain barriers of social distinction between itself and the lower middle class and white-collar workers.
Chapter one covers economic and family ties between Hamburg and England and describes how the Hamburg bourgeoisie actively interpreted and imported English culture through its ties with the Anglo-German community in England.
Chapter two looks at the importation of the Gentleman ideal and English consumer goods. It examines how the bourgeoisie used the Gentleman ideal as a model to adjust to situate itself within mass culture.
Chapter three describes how the Hamburg bourgeoisie created and developed the city's sport culture.
Chapter four investigates the bourgeoisie's use of the English language and its role in mass culture. The English language functioned as a class signifier for members of the bourgeoisie, and was used by individuals to imply that they participated in a modern, cosmopolitan, bourgeois culture. It also triggered a crisis of identity in the bourgeoisie.
Chapter five examines the activities of the Salvation Army in Hamburg's mass culture and its difficulty in appealing to the working class.
Chapter six focuses on the English-inspired International Abolitionist Federation, and the resistance it encountered from the bourgeoisie when it tried to put an end to state-regulated brothels and promoted a new system of sexual ethics based on equality between the sexes.
Chapter seven examines the relationship between Anglophilia and Anglophobia during the Anglo-Boer War. In particular, it establishes Anglophobia as having been strictly a political concept and not a cultural phenomenon before 1914.

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