Sick in the Night

Geoffrey Campbell Cocks

in The State of Health

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695676
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738616 | DOI:
Sick in the Night

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The Nazis viewed the ‘racial’ body as a place of collective and individual superiority over inferiority, strength over weakness, and victory over defeat. The material and morbid body was a place of assertion and anxiety concerning health, illness, and the modern individual self. Nazi Germany sustained problematic continuities from the rapid industrialization and commercialization of German ‘post-liberal’ society in the modern era. German longings for Volksgemeinschaft stemmed from the growth of modern individualism and a series of crises after 1914. The Nazis appealed to such longings but also exploited the modern autonomous self of material need and desire. Nazism was also an extreme instance of masculine anxieties stemming from a patriarchy in deep crisis in Germany and Europe.

Keywords: modern Germany; ‘post-liberal’; industrialization; commercialization; Volksgemeinschaft; Nazism; self; body; gender

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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