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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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Christoph Jacke is professor of theory, aesthetics and history of popular music at University of Paderborn, Germany. He is also the institution’s director of BA and MA programmes in Popular Music and Media. Jacke’s research focus is on media; culture and communications theory; cultural studies; celebrity studies; and popular music studies. He is chair of the Popular Culture and Media branch at the German Society for Media Studies. Together with Martin Zierold, he is the editor of a book series called Popular Culture and Media with publisher LIT.


Kira Kosnick is Professor of Sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt. With a background in cultural anthropology, her research interests focus on migration, sexuality, and the contested production of urban space.


Bastian Lange, PhD, is an urban and economic geographer specialising in the creative industries, questions of governance and regional development. He studied geography, ethnology and urban development in Marburg and Edmonton and obtained his doctorate at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, at the Institute for Geography in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Georg Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Research at Humboldt University in Berlin, spearheads the Research and Strategic Consultancy Office Multiplicities-Berlin and has since been Guest Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. ← 23 | 24 →


Carlo Nardi received his PhD in Sciences of Music from the University of Trento in...

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