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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Tom
dc.contributor.editorSchütte, Uwe
dc.identifier.citationSmith , T 2021 , Whiteness and nostalgia : Twenty-First-Century German representations of Techno's beginnings in Berlin and Detroit . in U Schütte (ed.) , German pop music in literary and transmedial perspectives . Studies in modern German and Austrian literature , vol. 11 , Peter Lang , Berlin , pp. 93-114 .en
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-5084-8729/work/102725954
dc.description.abstractThis chapter investigates nostalgia for the 1990s as a cultural practice of whiteness in Germany’s techno scene. While scholarship on Detroit techno focuses on constructions of Blackness, German representations of nostalgia for techno’s beginnings reveal an unmarked whiteness associated with Germany’s techno scene. I explore what these representations reveal about the structural effects of whiteness: techno is set apart from more racially marked genres such as hip-hop, and Blackness as envisioned by Detroit techno producers elides the identities and experiences specific to Black musicians and other artists of colour in Germany. I analyse the exhibition (2018–9) alongside Thomas Meinecke’s novel 'Hellblau' (2001). These very different representations by white creators explore two contrasting but linked forms of nostalgia: reimagining early techno as a homogenous white movement due to its racially unmarked status, and mourning techno’s supposedly lost Black past in Detroit. Both forms idealize techno’s origins and preserve racialized power asymmetries. Yet and especially 'Hellblau' suggest that emotional attachment to the past can also motivate change, inspiring self-scrutiny and imagination as first steps in marking whiteness and combatting its effects.
dc.publisherPeter Lang
dc.relation.ispartofGerman pop music in literary and transmedial perspectivesen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesStudies in modern German and Austrian literatureen
dc.subjectDD Germanyen
dc.titleWhiteness and nostalgia : Twenty-First-Century German representations of Techno's beginnings in Berlin and Detroiten
dc.typeBook itemen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Germanen

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