‘But we realized that we didn’t fit in there’ – The impact of generational belonging on community building and network formation in post unification Germany

Prochnow J, Rohde C (2010)
InterDisciplines Journal of History and Sociology 2: 145-183.

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By the example of former COMECON pipeline builders from the GDR, Jeanette Prochnow exa­mines the impact of generational belonging on community and network building under the conditions of social change in post-1989 Germany. Since the 1990s a vivid culture of companionship and remembrance has developed among former pipeline workers. It is kept alive by associa­tions and interest groups claiming to represent the interests of people who were employed with the state-run pipeline project either in 1974-1978 or 1982-1993. Yet, employees of the first construction phase re­main noticeably underrepresented in the community. In an attempt to explore this generational segregation, concepts of the Ethnography of Communication are combined with a network analytical perspective and Karl Mannheim’s sociology of generation. The paper is guided by the hypothesis that the »speech community« of former pipeline builders cor­responds to a »generational unit« to which employees from the 1970s do not belong because of varying performances responding to events in the socio-historical context.
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Prochnow J, Rohde C. ‘But we realized that we didn’t fit in there’ – The impact of generational belonging on community building and network formation in post unification Germany. InterDisciplines Journal of History and Sociology. 2010;2:145-183.
Prochnow, J., & Rohde, C. (2010). ‘But we realized that we didn’t fit in there’ – The impact of generational belonging on community building and network formation in post unification Germany. InterDisciplines Journal of History and Sociology, 2, 145-183.
Prochnow, J., and Rohde, C. (2010). ‘But we realized that we didn’t fit in there’ – The impact of generational belonging on community building and network formation in post unification Germany. InterDisciplines Journal of History and Sociology 2, 145-183.
Prochnow, J., & Rohde, C., 2010. ‘But we realized that we didn’t fit in there’ – The impact of generational belonging on community building and network formation in post unification Germany. InterDisciplines Journal of History and Sociology, 2, p 145-183.
J. Prochnow and C. Rohde, “‘But we realized that we didn’t fit in there’ – The impact of generational belonging on community building and network formation in post unification Germany”, InterDisciplines Journal of History and Sociology, vol. 2, 2010, pp. 145-183.
Prochnow, J., Rohde, C.: ‘But we realized that we didn’t fit in there’ – The impact of generational belonging on community building and network formation in post unification Germany. InterDisciplines Journal of History and Sociology. 2, 145-183 (2010).
Prochnow, Jeannette, and Rohde, Caterina. “‘But we realized that we didn’t fit in there’ – The impact of generational belonging on community building and network formation in post unification Germany”. InterDisciplines Journal of History and Sociology 2 (2010): 145-183.
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