The politics of authenticity

countercultures and radical movements across the Iron Curtain,1968-1989

Authors / Contributors:
edited by Joachim C. Häberlen, Mark Keck-Szajbel, and Kate Mahoney
Place, publisher, year:
New York : Berghahn, 2019
Physical Description:
vi, 297 Seiten : Illustrationen
Format:
Book
Online Access:
ID: 569467918
Content:
  • Revolution as a quest for an authentic life : the 1960s and 1970s in Italy / Angelo Ventrone -- Authenticity through transgression : small acts of resentment in post-1968 Czechoslovakia / Baris Yorumez -- The political, emotional and therapeutic : narratives of consciousness-raising and authenticity in the English women's liberation movement / Kate Mahoney -- A genealogy of a politics of subjectivity : Guy Hocquenghem, homosexuality, and the radical left in post-68 France / Antoine Idier -- New feminism, women's subjectivity and feminist politics : conceptual transfers and activist inspirations in Yugoslavia in the 1970 and 1980s / Zsofia Lorand -- Women's bodies and feminist subjectivities in West Germany / Jane Freeland -- The rise of a new consciousness : lesbian activism in East Germany in the 1980s / Maria Buhner -- The Italian movement of 1977 and the cultural praxis of the youthful proletariat / Danilo Mariscalco -- The struggle for the minds of the youth : the securitate and musical countercultures in communist Romania / Manuela Marin -- Punk authenticity : difference across the Iron Curtain / Jeff Hayton -- Humanitarianism on stage : 'Live Aid' and the origins of humanitarian pop music / Benjamin Mockel -- Embedded abstractions : authenticity, aura, and abject domesticity in Hamburg's Hafenstraße / Jake P. Smith
Abstract:
  • 4e de couverture: Following the convulsions of 1968, one element uniting many of the disparate social movements that arose across Europe was the pursuit of an elusive "authenticity" that could help activists to understand fundamental truths about themselves--their feelings, aspirations, sexualities, and disappointments. This volume offers a fascinating exploration of the politics of authenticity as they manifested themselves among such groups as Italian leftists, East German lesbian activists, and punks on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Together they show not only how authenticity came to define varied social contexts, but also how it helped to usher in the neoliberalism of a subsequent era.