Die kulturelle Verankerung der sozialistischen Leitungskader (in der DDR und in der Nachwendegesellschaft)

Corsten, Michael
June 2005
Historical Social Research;2005, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p181
Academic Journal
Career sequences of socialist elites have been examined in different ways. This article will focus on the cultural embeddedness of former 'socialist industrial managers', indicated by their volunteer work in reunited German society. Case analysis of biographical developments show evidence for the thesis that their decisions for managerial careers in GDR-socialism were motivated by cultural bonds leading back to traditional industrial milieus-worker aristocracy, technocratic movement, and small entrepreneurship. This result is supported also by a more standardized quantitative comparison of the career sequences of 'socialist industrial managers' (cohort: 1928-48) with a volunteer engagement after reunification and other groups of this birth cohort. Therefore, the emergence of socialist elites can be interpreted as an example of over-determination and as a multi-lined development.


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