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Part I: Boredom and Beyond

Chapter 1. School in Ruins: Atmosphere of Boredom
Chapter 2. Distraction: Provocation as Critique

Part II: Forms of Self-Empowerment

Chapter 3. Coolness: Selfie Poses
Chapter 4. “Ghetto” Pride: Discourses and Practices

Part III: Feelings of Inadequacy

Chapter 5. Grading: On the Pedagogical Production of Feelings of Inferiority
Chapter 6. Ugly Feelings: Envy, Resentment and Embarrassment

Part IV: Anger and Aggressiveness

Chapter 7. Anger: Political Feelings and Patronizing Education
Chapter 8. Aggressiveness: Boxer Style

Part V: Fears and Hopes

Chapter 9. Social Anxieties: Unemployment and Deportation
Chapter 10. Cruel Optimism: The End of the Future


That Sinking Feeling

On the Emotional Experience of Inferiority in Germany's Neoliberal Education System

Stefan Wellgraf

Translated by Nicholas Grindell

378 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-052-7 Hb Published (August 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80539-356-6 eBook