The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany (Hardback)
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The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany (Hardback)

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Hardback 294 Pages / Published: 05/03/2007
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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 'temporary labor supplement' in the 1950s and 1960s to early ideas about 'multiculturalism' 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521870009
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 232 x 164 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Rita Chin's book makes a significant contribution to the literature on the labor migration and postwar German history. It provides a fruitful model for interdisciplinary scholarship on the guest worker question and migration more generally.' Journal of International Migration and Integration
"The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the Federal Republic's history and acquainting themselves with longstanding debates over migration and German national identity." -Phil Triadafilopoulos, German Politics and Society
"For decades now, Turks and other "foreigners" have had a ubiquitous presence in German society. And yet, these populations have rarely figured into narratives of postwar Germany as such or conceptions of German identity. Rita Chin, in her superb The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany, seeks to change all" - Jeremy Varon, Central European History
"The book is valuable for those interested in post-1945 German and European history generally, contemporary literature, labor policy, and cultural integration." -Choice
"In this intelligent and well-written book, Rita Chin analyzes the public discourse surrounding the so-called guest worker question in postwar West Germany from the start of the official recruitment program in 1955 to the present." -Frank Biess, Journal of Modern History
"This is a timely and eloquent exploration of what is surely the most debated issue about German society, culture, and identity today: the increasing reality of a multicultural society." -Diethelm Prowe, The Historian

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