Post-national Patriotism and the Feasibility of Post-national Community in United Germany

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - History - 209 pages
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With a focus on united Germany and the post-1989 German unification process, Phillips outlines the necessity and feasibility of a concept of post-national patriotism. Specifying the example of racist violence, Dr. Phillips argues that a substantial measure of Germany's social consensus can only be extended to heterogeneous Europe if there is a greater recognition of heterogeneous Germany, not only by Germans, but by non-Germans as well. He shows that the consensual structures of German-based transnational business may play a leading role in the development of a sense of post-national patriotism.

Phillips argues that state solutions to issues of immigration and integration are not in themselves adequate, and that these may be supplemented by private-sector institutions taking on responsibility. Business opposition to racist violence in unified Germany has neither succeeded substantially in eliminating racism in Germany, nor achieved a significant reduction in non-Germans' prejudices about Germans. However, he argues that an accentuation of German business practices of codetermination worldwide could go a long way to changing prejudices about Germans and prejudices in Germany, as well as serving the interests of German-based business. Greater processes of dialogue, also involving the private sector, could help correct problems of group definition and intercultural understanding, promoting shared civic identification instead of civic demarcation. This is an important analysis for scholars and researchers involved with the society and politics of Germany, international relations and business, and European integration.

 

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Contents

The HomogeneityHeterogeneity Dilemma in Community
13
Germany and the Concept PostNational Patriotism
19
THE FAILED ATTEMPT TO REBUILD NATIONAL SOCIAL COHERENCE IN GERMANY
37
Doubt in Multipolar Germany An Aside from the Sociopolitical Context
41
The Miracle of Freedom That Brought the Wall Down
53
The Insufficiency of the National Approach for Social Coherence
63
Privatization as the Wealth Generator in the East
77
The Differentiated Development of United Germany
87
Repercussions of the Asylum Debate and the Change to Article 16
131
The Ritual Expression of Ethnic Germanness
141
Longer Term Implications for Immigration Brought by the Asylum Crisis
147
Business Reactions to Racism
157
Transconstitutional Parameters for Integration
169
The Ongoing Negotiation Process and Taylors Politics of Recognition
181
Conclusion
189
Bibliography
191

THE RESOLUTION OF IMMIGRATION AND ETHNICITY THE OPPORTUNITY OF POSTNATIONAL PATRIOTISM
105
Immigrants to Germany
107
The Crisis Caused by the Asylum Debate
121

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DONALD G. PHILLIPS is a researcher and writer specializing in German issues. He has variously worked as a lecturer at the Humboldt University of Berlin, as a research analyst with a political consultancy firm in London, and at two European intergovernmental space organizations in Darmstadt, Germany.

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