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Naming and War in Modern Germany


  • Bruhn, Anja
  • Huschka, Denis
  • Wagner, Gert G.


This paper analyzes naming behavior in Germany in the context of rapid social change. It begins with an overview of general developments in naming in Germany over the last one hundred years, based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), which supplies us with almost 45,000 datasets. The paper focuses on the periods of World War II and the Cold War since we conclude that general developments in naming were disrupted by these two phenomena. Wartime brings accelerated social change in its wake and people react to this social change - often on an apparently individual level. Here, our findings are in accordance with established sociological theories.

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  • Bruhn, Anja & Huschka, Denis & Wagner, Gert G., 2012. "Naming and War in Modern Germany," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 74-89.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:espost:67439

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    1. Gert G. Wagner & Joachim R. Frick & Jürgen Schupp, 2007. "The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) – Scope, Evolution and Enhancements," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 127(1), pages 139-169.
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    World War II; SOEP; Naming; Germany; Cold War;

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    • J19 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Other
    • P59 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Other
    • Y8 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines


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