The change in neighborhood relationships in the new German states

Citation
J. Gunther et F. Nestmann, The change in neighborhood relationships in the new German states, GRUPPEND-Z, 31(3), 2000, pp. 321-337
Citations number
38
Language
TEDESCO
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
GRUPPENDYNAMIK-ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ANGEWANDTE SOZIALPSYCHOLOGIE
ISSN journal
0046-6514 → ACNP
Volume
31
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
321 - 337
Database
ISI
SICI code
0046-6514(200009)31:3<321:TCINRI>2.0.ZU;2-O
Abstract
Before the reunification of Germany, the contact to neighbours is now often said with romantically transformed undertones, to have enjoyed a high leve l of stability, solidarity. human warmth, and community-mindednesss. The st ructure of neighbourly relations in a socialistic housing block community c ollective is discussed in this paper, in retrospect. Furthermore, the meani ng of these informal contacts is dealt with in terms of being a socialistic collective personal niche Dr important resource compensating the East-Germ an economy of deficiency. A qualitative empirical study deals with the chan ging processes within neighbour contacts after the fall of the "Wall" betwe en East and West and subsequent end of the GDR. The results indicate a numb er of relationships changing in housing blocks and between neigbours in the community. However, assumptions cannot be confirmed which state neighbourl y relationships or contacts have been broken off with only negative results . Reasons for a change in East German neighbourhoods do not seem to be alon e a result of the political turn-around. The reason for that is the particu lar neighbourhood structure of the so-called really existing socialism (rea l existierender Sozialismus) in the past times of the GDR.