Reinventing Consumption Traditions through the Process of Unification of a Country: Understanding “Good Bye Lenin!”

Ece Ceren Engür


This paper focuses on the change of consumption traditions in terms of re-unification of a country. The discussion bases on the movie, “Good Bye Lenin!”(2003) and chases the transformations on consumption trends in order to understand how the re-unification of East and West Germany influences the practices of everyday life after a four decade long segregation. The movie displays the 1990’s Germany during the times when the Berlin Wall falls and frames a family portrait which is dominated by an idealist and traditional mother character in the last days of her life.


consumption, Good Bye Lenin, Germany, global consumerism, traditions

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