Forming Groups, Organizing Opposition

Andreas Glaeser

in Political Epistemics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226297934
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226297958 | DOI:
Forming Groups, Organizing Opposition

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The changing relationship between party state and church in socialist East Germany can also be traced through the changing legal forms in which the church was constituted. This qualitatively and quantitatively new dimension of peace activism within the church dovetailed with a second development. Since the beginning of the 1980s, nonreligious peace groups formed throughout the country. The organizational core members of these groups had previously collected experiences in a variety of state-critical venues, in the cultural opposition, by participating in reading and discussion circles, or by organizing and/or frequenting privately staged public readings or concerts. The emerging peace movement's operation at the margins of the state church compact, in the space between a large semi-controlled and thus legal, and much smaller uncontrollable non-legal institutional domain, created unprecedented political opportunities. The interstitial mode of operation created considerable tension among all actors involved: the church hierarchy and local ministers, laypeople and secular peace activists.

Keywords: gropus; cultural opposition; peace movement; nonreligious peace groups; church

Chapter.  29793 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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