The unification of Germany extended the economic and political system of the West to the East. This led to a "problematic normalization" as East Germans adjusted to uncertainties in employment, education, family life and immigration. This work considers the problems of the socialist legacy.
The new Germany in the East - an introduction, Chris Flockton et al. Part 1 The new Germany in Europe: political transition, social transformation and the welfare agenda, Steen Mangen; towards a new deal? recasting social policy in Europe, Ilona Oster; policy agendas and the economy in Germany and Europe, Chris Flockton. Part 2 Ten years on - the new Germany since unification: perceptions of GDR society and its transformation ten years after unity, Mike Dennis; employment, gender and the dual transformation in Germany, Hildegard Maria Nickel; pre-school education and childcare in East Germany, Rosalind Pritchard; unexpected newcomers - asylum seekers and other non-Germans in the new Lander, Eva Kolinsky ; legacies of exclusion - the memory of terror and the creation of civil values in the new Bundeslander, Anthony Glees. Part 3 Social experiences and attitude change: mother-child interactions at the passage from childhood to youth - a comparison of East and West German families, Beate Schuster; parenting in times of social transformation, Harald Uhlendorff; investigating change in the way children deal with time, Dieter Kirchhofer; managing unemployment - experiences and strategies of women in the new Bundeslander, Vanessa Beck violence against women - sexual offences and victim support in Saxony-Anhait, Ingrid Holzler; recasting civil society in East Germany, Jonathan Grix.