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Poor, but Sexy

Reflections on Berlin Scenes

Edited By Geoff Stahl

Poor, But Sexy: Reflections on Berlin Scenes offers readers a varied cross-section of the city’s scenes, providing a prismatic view of one of Europe’s mythical cultural capitals. The authors gathered here address a range of topics, including Turkish gay clubs, queer filmmaking, record labels, the legendary Russendisko, electronic music festivals, the city’s famous techno scene, the clandestine dimensions of its nighttime club culture, and the fraught emergence of the Mediaspree. With the shifting context of post-Wende Berlin its backdrop, this collection puts into relief an electic array of case studies, presenting to readers interested in exploring urban issues a number of critical and analytical perspectives on the city’s cultural life as it moves into the twenty-first century. Poor, But Sexy is an important contribution to the critical analysis of the cultural spaces in the city, and allows readers access to one of the few scholarly overviews of Berlin’s varied cultural life available in English.
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I would like to express my utmost gratitude to Sean O’Brien, whose patience and diligence as the copy editor on this volume went beyond the call of duty. Thanks should also be extended to the editors at Peter Lang, including Benjamin Fröhlich, Martina Räber, and Katrin Forrer.

A thank-you to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, for their financial support of both this publication and portions of the research undertaken in Berlin.

Thanks is also extended to the Goethe Institute (Wellington) for their generous support of this project.

Finally, I would like to thank also Rolf Lindner, a model Berliner, for his intellectual generosity, support and inspiration over the years. Vielen Dank. ← 21 | 22 → ← 22 | 23 →

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