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Symptoms of Postmodernity

Matti Bunzl

in Symptoms of Modernity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238428
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937208 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238428.003.0008
Symptoms of Postmodernity

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This concluding chapter situates the Austrian case in the context of Central Europe and the continent at large. It does so to propose a larger theoretical argument centered around the contention that the trajectory of Vienna's Jews and queers signaled the passing of a European modernity anchored in the exclusionary principles of the nation-state. But while this development brought the affirmative integration of modernity's abject symptoms, it pointed to the possibility of new subordinations—a threat that informs the book's concluding discussion of the New Europe and its postmodern trajectory.

Keywords: Austria; Central Europe; Jews; queers; European modernity; exclusionary principles; nation-state; integration; postmodern trajectory

Chapter.  4407 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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