TITLE

„Überheblichkeit“ als Delikt. Das Modell der Gesinnungsgemeinschaft als Prämisse ostdeutscher Beobachtung westdeutschen Verhaltens

AUTHOR(S)
Schneider, Wolfgang Ludwig
PUB. DATE
July 1998
SOURCE
Soziale Systeme;1998, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p413
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The attribution of “arrogance” is a typical element of the East German portrait of West German behaviour. Thereby the behaviour of many West Germans is defined as deviant and explained as a result of a negative disposition of character. The article tries to reconstruct the interpretive background of this attribution on the basis of different materials. Methodically this aim is approached by combining the systems-theoretical concept of observation with the tools of hermeneutics. The basic structure identified in this way is an idealized concept of interaction which is presupposed as an implicit point of reference by using the attribution of “arrogance,” the ideal of a ‘Gesinnungsgemeinschaft.’ This ideal of interaction as long as the GDR existed was articulated in two different ways: in an official and hierarchical version by the use of the distinction ‘arrogance’ vs. ‘subordination under the party’s claim of leadership’ and in an informal and egalitarian version by the use of the distinction ‘arrogance’ vs. ‘adjusting oneself to the collective.’ In the egalitarian version, so the hypothesis explored in the article, this observational scheme could be still in use today and may operate as an important element in the East German observation of West German behaviour.
ACCESSION #
26582442

 

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