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Siegfried Kracauer: Die Angestellten [Book Review] Siegfried Kracauer, Grenzgänger Zwischen Theorie Und Literatur Seine Frühen Schriften SOCIAL RESEARCH KRACAUER, SIEGFRIED. Die Angestellten. Allensbach and Bonn: Verlag fur Demoscopie, pp. Price not indicated. Kracauer, Die Angestellten, p. 2. Abraham a Sancta Clara () was a south German Catholic who became the most prominent preacher of his day.

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The object of his inquiry was the krzcauer class of salaried employees who populated the cities of Weimar Germany. Eschewing the instruments of traditional sociological scholarship, kracaudr without collapsing into mere journalistic reportage, Kracauer explores the contradictions of this caste.

Drawing on conversations, newspapers, adverts and personal correspondence, he charts the bland horror of the everyday.

In the process he succeeds in writing not just a prescient account of the declining days of the Weimar Republic, but also a path-breaking exercise in the sociology of culture which has sharp relevance for today. Paperbackpages. Published September 17th by Verso first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Apr 21, Dhandayutha rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book deconstruct the reality unreality? The brilliance of Kracauer is the way he uses the superficiality of masses or surfaces of the masses to study their depths. He deconstruct the reality of the common places such as a hotel room,movie theater,to study the masses. What he analyses is not their work rather their distraction to study their work atmosphere.

As per kracauer the problem with capitalism is not that it rationali This book deconstruct the reality unreality?

As per kracauer the problem with capitalism is not that it rationalize too much but rather it rationalize too little. He deconstructs the rational irrational? May 03, lisa rated it it was amazing. Apr 19, Weihui rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 12, Joseph Hirsch rated it it was ok.

The Salaried Masses

A dialectical incursion into the false Consciousness of the precariously non-Marxist revanchist capitalistic fascist paternalist This short blast of Feuilleton pieces from Siegfried Kracauer made for excruciating reading. Part of this is due to how palpable the author’s resentments are not a good mind-state to be in when doing this kind of social research. Confirmation bias is too kind a word for the set of assumptions, baggage and ideology Kracauer brings to the task.


This was first noted by t A dialectical incursion into the false Consciousness of the precariously non-Marxist revanchist capitalistic fascist paternalist This short blast of Feuilleton pieces from Siegfried Kracauer made for excruciating reading. This angestelltej first noted by the scholar Eric D. Weitz, who seemed puzzled by how I usually don’t invoke the voguish bugbears of the left, but the tone is scornful especially when dealing with younger women, so much so that it noticeably mars those rare occasions when kradauer genuine insight emerges from the nearly-impenetrable wall of obscurantist jargon in which Kracauer hides the few insights he actually provides.

Kracauer was not a full member of the Frankfurt School, though for obvious reasons he shares some traits with cohorts Benjamin, Adorno, et. Sometimes concepts are so complex that they require dense language, and sometimes dense language is invoked in order to shield the wielder of words from being found out as a charlatan.

Kracauer was mostly a charlatan, but due to the political machinations of academia and the proliferation of “studies” degrees, especially the interdisciplinary racket, “The Salaried Masses” and several other Kracauer works are likely to remain in print for awhile longer. If you would like to get a feel abgestellten the Weimar milieu as chronicled by a feuilletonist who doesn’t treat people like Jane Goodall encountering apes, I recommend some Joseph Roth as a starting place, and if you like slumming with a man who is brilliant angesgellten knows the gutteryou could do a lot worse than Alfred Ahgestellten.

You couldn’t do much worse than Kracauer, unless you’re grading grad students.

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Adorno, to whom he became an angstellten philosophical mentor. From to he worked as the leading film and literature editor of the Frankfurter Zeitung a leading Frankfurt newspaper as its correspondent in Berlin, where he worked alongside Walter Benjamin and Ernst Bloch, among others. Between andhe wrote an essay entitled Der Detektiv-Roman The Kraxauer Novelin which he concerned himself with phenomena from everyday life in modern society.

Kracauer continued this trend over the next few years, building up theoretical methods of analyzing circuses, photography, films, advertising, tourism, city layout, and dance, which he published in with the work Ornament der Masse published in English as The Mass Ornament. InKracauer published Die Angestellten The Salaried Massesa critical look at the lifestyle and culture of the new class of white-collar employees.

Spiritually homeless, and divorced from custom and tradition, these employees sought refuge in the new “distraction industries” of entertainment. Observers note that many of these lower-middle class employees were quick to adopt Nazism, three years later.

Kracauer became increasingly critical of capitalism having read the works of Karl Marx and eventually broke away kracuer the Frankfurter Zeitung. About this same timehe married Lili Ehrenreich. He was also very critical of Stalinism and the “terrorist totalitarianism” of the Soviet government. With the rise of the Nazis in Germany inKracauer migrated to Paris, and then in emigrated to the United States.

Eventually, he published From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Filmwhich traces the birth of Nazism from the cinema of the Weimar Republic as well as helping lay the foundation of modern film criticism. Inhe released Theory of Film: The Redemption of Physical Reality, which argued that realism is the most important function of cinema.

In the last years of his life Kracauer worked as a sociologist for different institutes, amongst them in New York as a director of research for applied social sciences at Columbia University.

He died there, infrom the consequences of pneumonia. Books by Siegfried Kracauer. Trivia About The Salaried Masses. No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from The Salaried Mass Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.