Conjuring optimism in dark times: Education, affect and human capital

  title={Conjuring optimism in dark times: Education, affect and human capital},
  author={Sam Sellar and Lew Zipin},
  journal={Educational Philosophy and Theory},
  pages={572 - 586}
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