Jens Wietschorke

Urban Folk Types. The Folklorization of the City in 19th and early 20th Century

Zur Folklorisierung der Stadt im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert


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Based on examples from Vienna and Berlin this article analyzes representations of so-called “folks types” in the 19th and 20th centuries. Focusing on media and performative representations of characteristic social and cultural figures in terms of their construction principles and their historical and political contexts the author asks: How are ostensibly “authentic” types produced by interlocking techniques of de-contextualization, naturalization, culturalization and folklorization and which images of social order do they reflect? How can transitions between typifying attributions and active role play be captured? And to what extent do social types act as components of specific representations of the city?

urban “folk types”, social types, folklorization, representations of the city, urban anthropology

APA citation
Wietschorke J. (2014). Urbane Volkstypen: Zur Folklorisierung der Stadt im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert. Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, 110(2), 215-242.