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Divided in Unity

Identity, Germany, and the Berlin Police

More than a decade after unification, Germany remains deeply divided. Following East and West German police officers on their patrols through the newly-united city of Berlin and observing how they make sense of one another in a fast-changing environment, Andreas Glaeser explains how East-West boundaries have been maintained by the interactions of institutions, practices, and cultural forms-including diverging patterns of understanding rooted in vastly different social systems, readily revived Cold War images, the continuing search for an adequate response to Germany’s Nazi past, and the politics and organization of unification, which impose highly asymmetrical burdens on east and west. Glaeser also leverages his ethnography to develop an innovative approach to studying identity formation processes. Central to his theory is an emphasis on the exchange of identifications and the particular ways in which they are deployed and recognized in interpretations, narratives, and performances as parts of face-to-face encounters, political discourses, and organizational practices.

400 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1999

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Political Science: Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, and International Relations

Psychology: General Psychology

Sociology: General Sociology

Table of Contents

1. Viewing Each Other through Space
2. The Political Organization of Identification
3. Times Ajar
4. Performing Work
5. Challenging Sincerity
6. Individual Rights and the Morality of States
7. Building, Shifting, and Transgressing the Public-Private Divide
List of Acronyms or Abbreviations

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