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After the Fall of the Wall: Life Courses in the Transformation of East Germany

Martin Diewald, Anne Goedicke, and Karl Ulrich Mayer


The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was the beginning of one of the most interesting natural experiments in recent history. The East German transition from a Communist state to part of the Federal Republic of Germany abruptly created a new social order as old institutions were abolished and new counterparts imported. This unique situation provides an exceptional opportunity to examine the central tenets of life-course sociology. The empirical chapters of this book draw a comprehensive picture of life-course transformation, demonstrating how the combination of life-course dynamics coupled with ... More

Keywords: Berlin Wall, life-course sociology, system change, transition, stability, 1989, restructured economy, privatization, reorganization of firms, social networks

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780804752084
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752084.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Diewald, editor

Anne Goedicke, editor

Karl Ulrich Mayer, editor

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Chapter Eleven Comparing Paths of Transition

Martin Diewald, Bogdan W. Mach

Chapter Thirteen Unusual Turbulences—Unexpected Continuities

Martin Diewald, Anne Goedicke, Karl Ulrich Mayer