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Border Crossings: Cultural Workers and the Politics of Education Hardcover – May 8, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0415951487 ISBN-10: 0415951488 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (May 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415951488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415951487
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,280,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Border Crossings is an enormously powerful and important book by one of the most intense and brilliant thinkers of our times. It is also an eminently accessible book and, in its interweaving of popular culture, contemporary politics, and moral vision, the writing speaks to a broad audience. Giroux has written heretofore chiefly as an educator. This time, he is speaking as a public citizen in the great tradition of American dissenters. I have always admired Giroux and profited greatly from his work; but this is certainly his most important and searching book. It ought to be read widely." -- Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities - 1992

"It is so rare for white male intellectuals to understand the importance of the problem of `race,' in addition to issues of ethnicity and post-coloniality. . . . In Border Crossings, Giroux puts his program across more convincingly than ever." -- Michele Wallace, author of Black Macho and Invisibility Blues

"With this work Giroux names his desire to meet across boundaries, declaring his political solidarity with postmodern feminist thought, anti-racist theory, and all who think critically about pedagogy. With clarity and insight, he writes about the points of connection, expanding the scope of critical pedagogy and inviting us to engage in a broad political project that is fundamentally radical--fundamentally democratic." -- Bell Hooks, Oberlin College, author of Ain't I a Woman? and Talking Back --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Henry A. Giroux holds the Global Television Network Chair in Communications at McMaster University. He is the author of over 30 books, 11 of which were published by Routledge.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philip Davis on November 27, 2010
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Giroux's book is an excellent look at how politics and education are inseparable. It brings to light the idea that education is never neutral. It should be noted, however, that this book is indeed a challenge to read. It is full of jargon and nomenclature, but not in the same way as is found in the books of an author like L. Ron Hubbard. Instead, Giroux makes it clear that he is not writing for a general audience, but rather for academics, students, intelligentsia, and the professoriat. He has a strong command of the English language and uses it to his advantage to disseminate his powerful ideas.
The strengths of this book actually lie with his later chapters such as on the topic of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse that occurred in Iraq. Giroux is correct in his assertion that the abuse that occurred was not the malevolence of a handful of immature soldiers who didn't know any better. Rather, there was a systematic, widespread agreement agreement among the Pentagon Brass that condoned and even approved of such behavior demonizing the so called enemy. They did this all while trying to win hearts and minds in the region to implement their neoconservative agenda. The hypocrisy laden in this is just disgusting.
Giroux, heavily influenced by the writings of Stanley Aronowitz, stresses the need to create a world where such crimes, whether it be the Holocaust or torture at Abu Ghraib, never happen again. He doesn't say, however, exactly how to bring this world about other than to make the classroom a terrain a struggle in the fight for a better world. He correctly attacks neoliberalism, hypermasculinity and the popular culture of reality television for creating a culture that would condone such behavior as the torture that occurred at Abu Ghraib.
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