Hasso Spode

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Hasso Spode (born 1951 in Friedrichshagen) is a German historian and sociologist.

After his childhood in East Germany, Hasso Spode flew to West Berlin where he studied philosophy, history, theology and sociology. Today he is professor in Hanover and director of the tourism archive at the Technical University in Berlin [1] The main focus of his research is on historical anthropology and cultural history, but he also works in the field of social and political history. He wrote over 200 articles, mostly in German, and wrote or edited more than a dozen books.[2]

In the 1980s Spode analysed the Nazi leisure time organization “Strength Through Joy” as an important means of social politics in the Third Reich. In 1989 he launched the "study-group for tourism history", the first institution of this kind. Meanwhile he is a noted expert in the history and theory of tourism. In this connection, he stresses the romantic character of the tourist comsumption and classifies tourist travel as "time travel aback" and, drwaing on Reinhart Koselleck and Michel Foucault, the touristic space as "chronotopia". Further well-known works penned by Spode are on the history and structures of alcohol use and misuse,[3] including the phenomenon of addiction which he regards as a social construction reflecting the need for self-control in modern societies.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Alkohol und Zivilisation, Berlin 1991.
  • Zur Sonne, zur Freiheit! Beiträge zur Tourismusgeschichte, Berlin 1991.
  • Statistik der Arbeitskämpfe in Deutschland, St. Katharinen 1992.
  • Goldstrand und Teutonengrill. Kultur- und Sozialgeschichte des Tourismus in Deutschland. 1945 bis 1989, Berlin 1996.
  • Ressource Zukunft. Die sieben Entscheidungsfelder der deutschen Reform, Farmington Hills 2008.
  • Ed. Voyage. Studies on Travel & Tourism


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