The Failed Individual

Amid Exclusion, Resistance, and the Pleasure of Non-Conformity

Edited by Katharina Motyl and Regina Schober

The Failed Individual

Edited by Katharina Motyl and Regina Schober

Distributed for Campus Verlag

399 pages | 4 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $50.00 ISBN: 9783593507828 Published May 2018

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? The Failed Individual 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?

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