The failed individual : amid exclusion, resistance, and the pleasure of non-conformity (Book, 2017) [WorldCat.org]
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The failed individual : amid exclusion, resistance, and the pleasure of non-conformity

Author: Katharina Motyl; Regina Schober
Publisher: Frankfurt : Campus Verlag, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The freedom of the individual to aim high is a deeply rooted part of the American ethos but we rarely acknowledge its flip side: failure. If people are responsible for their individual successes, is the same true of their failures? This book brings together a variety of disciplinary approaches to explore how people fail in the United States and the West at large, whether economically, politically, socially,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Additional Physical Format: (GyWOH)har175021875
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katharina Motyl; Regina Schober
ISBN: 9783593507828 359350782X
OCLC Number: 1012394627
Notes: International conference proceedings.
Description: 399 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: I. Theoretical perspectives on failure --
Sometimes you just fail: protest and the policing of bad feeling / Christopher Tyler --
The primordial failure: a cultural-philosophical analysis / Bina Nir --
Failure in economics: a black-box / Hannes Lang and Eva Lang --
II. Determinants of failure: structures, normativity, and power --
Destined to fail: cosmetic surgery, female body images, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birth-mark" / Johannes Fehrle --
Disability aesthetics and vandalism in American visual culture / Susanne Hamscha --
'Wohnkulture' and zombification: trying to unfail the homeless individual / Wibke Schniedermann --
Failed by the criminal justice system: the hyperincarceration of the black urban poor in the "War on Drugs" / Katharina Motyl --
III. Failure as resistance/Failure as pleasure --
"Hanging on": Mohawk sovreignty and the art of failure / Astrid M. Fellner --
The addict's ethics of failure: resistance to ambition in the photographic work of Larry Clark / Florian Zappe --
"Here is the trash heap, nothing there except a muted wailing": dithering in negativity and the failure to move on / Marius Henderson --
Failure as an ethical choice: academic resistance against authoritarian academic systems / Mahmoud Arghavan --
IV. Failure in American literary history --
Surviving on wrecked ships: the failing individual in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" (1838) / Dietmar Meinel --
Naturalism and the aesthetics of failure / James Dorson --
Productivity failing to accelerate: Mary Borden's alternative vision of existing successfully in modern America / Svenja Fehlhaber --
The failed individual and the biopolitics of climate catastrophe in Edan Lepucki's "California" (2014) / Susanne Leikam --
V. Failure and the digital subject --
Narcissus confirmed: technologies of the minimal selfie / Geert Lovink --
Failing by design: self-tracking and the failed individual / James Dyer --
Failure blogs and the confessional self / Regina Schober.
Responsibility: Katharina Motyl, Regina Schober (eds.).

Abstract:

"The freedom of the individual to aim high is a deeply rooted part of the American ethos but we rarely acknowledge its flip side: failure. If people are responsible for their individual successes, is the same true of their failures? This book brings together a variety of disciplinary approaches to explore how people fail in the United States and the West at large, whether economically, politically, socially, culturally, or physically. How do we understand individual failure, especially in the context of the zero-sum game of international capitalism? And what new spaces of resistance, or even pleasure, might failure open up for people and society?"--Amazon website

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