Feminine Frequencies: Gender, German Radio, and the Public Sphere, 1923-1945

TitleFeminine Frequencies: Gender, German Radio, and the Public Sphere, 1923-1945
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsLacey, Kate
Number of Pages299
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
CityAnn Arbor

The years following World War I in Germany saw the simultaneous emergence of radio as a public medium entering the private sphere of the home and the large-scale emergence of women entering the public sphere of politics and economic production. The book examines the mutual implications of these important developments and provides a distinctive analysis of radio in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich which not only restores women to the history of radio, but identifies and investigates the impact of gender politics on the development of German broadcasting. At the heart of the book is an exploration of radio programming for women from the mid-1920s to the end of World War II. Largely through theĀ Frauenfunk, radio transformed women's domestic life, mediated women's experience of modernity and war, and worked to integrate women into the modern consumer culture, the national economy, and eventually the "national community" of the Volksgemeinschaft.

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