The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany

The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany

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This book provides the first English-language history of the postwar labor migration to West Germany. Drawing on government bulletins, statements by political leaders, parliamentary arguments, industry newsletters, social welfare studies, press coverage, and the cultural production of immigrant artists and intellectuals, Rita Chin offers an account of West German public debate about guest workers. She traces the historical and ideological shifts around the meanings of the labor migration, moving from the concept of guest workers as a qtemporary labor supplementq in the 1950s and 1960s to early ideas about qmulticulturalismq by the end of the 1980s. She argues that the efforts to come to terms with the permanent residence of guest workers, especially Muslim Turks, forced a major rethinking of German identity, culture, and nation. What began as a policy initiative to fuel the economic miracle ultimately became a much broader discussion about the parameters of a specifically German brand of multiculturalism.In addition to the texts published in Ackermanna#39;s anthology, her poems appeared in several volumes organized by writers and ... was the youngest author there in the middle of mature literary prominence. ... As a back cover blurb for the 1991 book Vogel auf dem R I┬łucken eines Elefanten (Bird on the Back of an Elephant) anbsp;...

Title:The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany
Author: Rita Chin
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2007-03-05

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