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Title: Training Socialist Citizens: Sports and the State in East Germany
Author: Johnson, Molly Wilkinson
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2008
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004169579
Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 234
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Offering a counterbalance to previous scholarship on elite Olympics sports and doping scandals, this study analyzes how the East German government used participatory sports programs, sports festivals, and sports spectatorship to transform its population into new socialist citizens. It illuminates the power of the East German dictatorship over its population, the ways that citizens participated in, accommodated to, and resisted state goals, and the government's ultimate failure to create eager socialist citizens. It also highlights the orchestration of participation in modern dictatorships, the role of mass participatory sports as both a valuable political tool and a popular leisure activity, and elements of continuity and change in twentieth-century German history.