Frames of Belonging: Crossing Local, National and Transnational Spaces
In the previous chapter we focused on the voices of and about the neighbourhood, emphasizing the strategies which our informants were using to relate to their ‘neighbours’ across the river. This showed that, positively or negatively, on national borders people often invoked national categories as a reference point for placing the others: we/you the Germans vs we/you the Poles. By contrast, people on either side of the Saale river, which ceased to be a national border in 1990, nevertheless retained categories of otherness. No longer couched in national terms — since everyone was now a (re-united) German — other terms of reference replaced the national as key identifier: the federal state, the region, the town/village, or newly coined terms for easterners or westerners (Ossis vs Wessies; new/old federal staters).
KeywordsFederal State National Identity Multiple Identity European Identity Middle Generation
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