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Rire du passé nazi en Allemagne : L'Eigensinn des adolescents face à l'histoire scolaire du nazisme

Abstract : Laughing about the Nazi Past in Germany: Youths' Eigensinn in the Confrontation with History of Nazism at SchoolLaughing about Nazism: a sacrilege? How do we interpret students' acts that are shocking, uncomfortable, incomprehensible? Our contribution is based on fieldwork in two schools in the outskirts of Hamburg and Leipzig. Ethnographic observation allows analyzing laughter and practices of joking among adolescents faced with the nazi past. The notion of Eigensinn allows us to analyze the multiple forms of appropriation of scholarly knowledge which are not foreseen by the institution, that are surprising, sometimes illegitimate, by taking the laughter of adolescents in class and in the schoolyard as an object of analysis. The concept of Eigen-Sinn allow us to better differentiate different levels of historical interpretation operated by the adolescents in front of their teacher or in peer groups, and notably in a masculine environment. The notion also allows to grasp the ambiguity of certain acts of transgression of the adolescents. While playing with the rules, they contribute to maintain the institutional order. The article also insists on the collective dimension of Eigensinn, in this case masculine peer groups, and socially situates the Eigensinn. It thus tries to understand, through the example of the school, the functioning of social order as a (re)invention of power relations in the everyday.
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Alexandra Oeser. Rire du passé nazi en Allemagne : L'Eigensinn des adolescents face à l'histoire scolaire du nazisme. Sociétés contemporaines, Presses de Sciences Po, 2015, Penser les rapports de domination avec Alf Lüdtke, 3-4 (99-100), pp.105-126. ⟨10.3917/soco.099.0105⟩. ⟨halshs-01272038⟩

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