Political correctness is hypocritical in disguise

Autobiographical writings


Born in the German Empire, raised in the Weimar Republic, shaped by the resistance against National Socialism and the years of emigration in Switzerland, René König returned to Germany in 1953 and became one of the re-founders of German sociology. The autobiography "Life in Contradiction", first published in 1980, describes the individual stages of this path of life, the school days in Gdansk with its Polish hinterland, the years of study in Vienna, Berlin and Paris and the varied activities as an academic teacher in Europe, America and Asia, the travels of the young student in the countries of the Middle East, the encounter with the culture of Sicily, experience as a supervisor of a German development aid project in Afghanistan and the examination of the Indian cultures in the southwest of the USA.
The second, previously unpublished text comes from an unfinished autobiography in the estate, which should be kept more personal and has the character of "memories". René König worked on it until around 1990. The title "By the way" comes from him. These chapters deal with the stages of life in Gdansk, Berlin and Zurich.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book TitleAutobiographical Writings
  • Book Subtitle Life in Contradiction - An attempt at an intellectual autobiography. As an aside - memories. Texts from the estate
  • EditorsMario King
    Oliver King
  • Series TitleRené König · Writings · Last edition
  • DOIhttps: //doi.org/10.1007/978-3-322-80859-2
  • Copyright InformationVS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 1999
  • Publisher NameVS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook PackagesSpringer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN978-3-322-89966-8
  • eBook ISBN978-3-322-80859-2
  • Edition Number1
  • Number of Pages II, 459
  • Number of Illustrations1 b / w illustrations, 0 illustrations in color
  • Topics Communication Studies
    Sociology, general
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