Coming of Age in Post-War Berlin: Young Women’s Search for New Emotional Subjectivities, 1946-1950

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dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.authorSahrakorpi, Tiiaen_US
dc.contributor.authorWatton, Cherishen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Mechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Cambridgeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-14T05:56:36Z
dc.date.available2022-09-14T05:56:36Z
dc.date.embargoinfo:eu-repo/date/embargoEnd/2024-01-15en_US
dc.date.issued2022-01-15en_US
dc.description.abstractDuring the Allied occupation of Germany, educators asked students to write about their feelings and experiences of youth before and after the Second World War. This article uses Abitur and Reifeprüfung examination essays written by young German women, between the ages of fourteen and twenty-three, to explore how they performed and represented their emotional subjectivities in early postwar Berlin. First, it examines how young women used selective strategies of forgetting and remembering to repress their troubling emotional memories of the regime. Second it explores how women achieved some level of psychic comfort, through a selective remembering of their home lives and Bund Deutsche Mädel experiences by developing different emotional coping mechanisms. The article argues that young women’s emotional renegotiation was not a passive process as previously thought, but rather based on young women’s active and astute reading of the postwar emotional climate. Subjecting these emotional subjectivities to greater attention elucidates a key, but hitherto underexplored, stage in these young people’s lives.en
dc.description.versionPeer revieweden
dc.format.extent27
dc.format.extent168-194
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dc.identifier.citationSahrakorpi , T & Watton , C 2022 , ' Coming of Age in Post-War Berlin: Young Women’s Search for New Emotional Subjectivities, 1946-1950 ' , Journal of Social History , vol. 56 , no. 1 , shac002 , pp. 168-194 . https://doi.org/10.1093/jsh/shac002en
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/jsh/shac002en_US
dc.identifier.issn0022-4529
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dc.identifier.urihttps://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/116795
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:aalto-202209145599
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Social Historyen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVolume 56, issue 1en
dc.rightsopenAccessen
dc.subject.keywordyoung peopleen_US
dc.subject.keywordemotionsen_US
dc.subject.keywordNazi Germanyen_US
dc.subject.keywordexamination essaysen_US
dc.titleComing of Age in Post-War Berlin: Young Women’s Search for New Emotional Subjectivities, 1946-1950en
dc.typeA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessäfi
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