A Family's Legacy
The Exners began to see the need for boundaries due to the commercialization of the Wolfgangsee. The transformations in the configuration of “public” and “private” life at the Wolfgangsee were symptomatic of broader changes. Not just the diffusion of liberal values but Exners' very construction depended on a peculiar social geography. The Middle School Inquiry offered evidence that Vienna's social topography was changing, as the nature of childhood itself became a matter of political conflict. Brunnwinkl was for the Exners a place to play, but playing is a highly exclusive activity. In the 1930s, the Wolfgangsee showed all too many signs of the encroachment of the outside world. The summer retreat was a central node in the social and intellectual networks that undergirded Vienna's Bildungsbürgertum. Karl Popper's alignment of science and democracy against the intimate sphere undermined the authority of Bildungsbürger elites.
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