Germany's Hidden Crisis. Social Decline in the Heart of Europe

Nachtwey, Oliver. (2018) Germany's Hidden Crisis. Social Decline in the Heart of Europe. London, New York.

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Upward social mobility represented a core promise of life under the “old” West German welfare state, in which millions of skilled workers upgraded their Volkswagens to Audis, bought their first homes, and sent their children to university. Not so in today’s Federal Republic, where the gears of the so-called “elevator society” have long since ground to a halt. In the absence of the social mobility of yesterday, widespread social exhaustion and anxiety have emerged across mainstream society. Oliver Nachtwey analyses the reasons for this social rupture in postwar German society and investigates the conflict potential emerging as a result. He concludes that although the country has managed to muddle through thus far, simmering tensions beneath the surface nevertheless threaten to undermine the German system’s stability in the years to come.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Sozialstrukturanalyse (Nachtwey)
UniBasel Contributors:Nachtwey, Oliver
Item Type:Book
Book Subtype:Authored Book
Publisher:Verso Books
Number of Pages:247
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Authored book
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