Young people of the 1980s: a generation of loyal patriots?

Anna Saunders

in Honecker’s Children

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780719074110
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703014 | DOI:
Young people of the 1980s: a generation of loyal patriots?

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This chapter characterizes youth identity in the GDR during the 1980s. It evaluates the extent to which young people in the 1980s accepted and rejected the Socialist Unity Party's (SED) patriotic programme and examines the way in which patriotic behaviour evolved during this decade in the face of intensified propaganda. The analysis reveals that identity formation amongst young people in the GDR was clearly a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon and that in many ways, it was the elements outside state control which gained most influence over young people's attitudes.

Keywords: youth identity; GDR; SED; patriotic programme; identity formation; young people

Chapter.  25287 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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