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Öffentliche Ermittlungen und ihre Aneignungen im urbanen Raum. Verbrecherjagden im Berlin des Kaiserreichs

Müller, P; (2005) Öffentliche Ermittlungen und ihre Aneignungen im urbanen Raum. Verbrecherjagden im Berlin des Kaiserreichs. In: Alexander C T Geppert, UJ and Joern, W, (eds.) Ortsgespräche. Raum und Kommunikation im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. (231 - 256). Transcript: Bielefeld.

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Abstract

This article provides an analysis of the influence of the new mass press on the urban sphere of Imperial Berlin. The article argues that an enhanced emphasis on local affairs in media coverage, the representations of urban space in local dailies, the distribution of city affairs in the rural environs of Berlin helped to transform the former residential town into a metropolis. By examining the media coverage of the leading Berlin dailies, (Berliner Tageblatt, Berliner Lokal-Anzeiger, Berliner Morgenpost) about three crime cases (Wetzel Case in 1891, Grosse and Werner Case in 1896, Murder Case of Lucie Berlin in 1904) the articles shows how the production and the multiple appropriations of "news" provided - temporarily - common ground to the “many”, in their differentiated (and segmented) metropolitan life worlds. Thus, sensations emerge as symbols connecting the ´small´ to the ´grand´ and bridging the gap between editors and readers (and vice versa), at least momentarily.

Type:Book chapter
Title:Öffentliche Ermittlungen und ihre Aneignungen im urbanen Raum. Verbrecherjagden im Berlin des Kaiserreichs
ISBN:3-89942-312-7
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES

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