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Heinz Bude
Das Gefühl der Welt. Über die Macht von Stimmungen

© Carl Hanser Verlag, München, 2016 Heinz Bude: Das Gefühl der Welt. Über die Macht von Stimmungen © Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2016“People understand most things wrongly, but they feel most things rightly.” Kassel sociologist Heinz Bude would no doubt concur with this statement by Kurt Tucholsky. After all, he gives the screw another turn himself in his new book, which, with its 120 pages of text (not including footnotes), is quite manageable. (…) First of all, he makes a distinction. The author distinguishes between “anticapitalists” and “system fatalists”. The first category of people are part of the “society of mistrust”, unable to make up their minds whether to deny or affirm the world. They reject economisation, feel homeless and enjoy being universally outraged. The second group are much more relaxed. They gave up “the notion of a rational entity of decent businessmen, socially responsible companies and strong popular parties long ago”. Relations are festering in the area of tension between these antagonists. On the one hand there is outrage about “policies without an alternative, the lying media and dumbing down”, while on the other there is “the normality of muddling through, the self-reference of the mass media and the relativity of truths”. There is no satisfactory answer to the question of whether one is still at home in this world. That is depressing. The mood is tense. And this is the starting point for Bude’s chain of evidence.

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© Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 12 March 2016
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Heinz Bude
Das Gefühl der Welt. Über die Macht von Stimmungen
Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2016
ISBN 978-3-446-25065-9
160 pages

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