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The Giroux Reader (Cultural Politics & the Promise of Democracy) Hardcover – September 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1594512292 ISBN-10: 1594512299

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  • Series: Cultural Politics & the Promise of Democracy
  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (September 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594512299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594512292
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,883,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. He has published numerous books and articles and his most recent books include America’s Educational Deficit and the War on Youth (2013) and Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (2014). The Toronto Star has named Henry Giroux one of the twelve Canadians changing the way we think! Read the article here: Twelve Canadians Changing the Way We Think

Christopher G. Robbins is an Assistant Professor in Social Foundations of Education at Eastern Michigan University.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. morris on November 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have used Henry Giroux's work (including "The Giroux Reader") in undergraduate and graduate courses, and shared his work with colleagues working at many levels of "public education" inside and outside classrooms. Invariably, readers come away deeply inspired by the breadth of knowledge, the clarity of thought, the scope of understanding, the range of crucial insights, the profound sense of care, and the spirit of commitment to social justice one always finds in Giroux's work.

Giroux is demanding in the best way, i.e. we come away with new sets of tools and skills for thinking about the complex world in which we live and for taking up with hope the multiple crises and challenges we face. To read Giroux is to be stirred by the challenge; to become more hopeful as a consequence of the awakenings; to become more exploratory because of the experience of and engagement with intellectual rigor and adventure; and to become more curious because one has become more human.

For all who are concerned about humanity, for all who believe that education is a site in the culture in which we can work to build an informed, involved, inclusive and energized democratic culture and society, and for all those who hold open possibilities for linking learning to social change and knowledge to transformatory commitments in order to save, rather than lose, the future, Giroux is essential.

Giroux is a true public intellectual because his work is driven by something fundamental to all honest intellectual inquiry, i.e. his work over the last 30 years, captured powerfully in "The Giroux Reader," is a continuing and dedicated search for new knowledge that will help us gain a wider and deeper understanding of the world as well as our place, our role and our transformatory possibilities in the world.

This book, and all of Giroux's work, is highly recommended for all who are involved at all levels and at all sites of education, both formal and informal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Tony Kashani on November 23, 2008
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Many years ago I read a book by Giroux titled, Teachers as Intellectuals, which transformed the ways in which I had been thinking about pedagogy. This was back in the late 80s. Over the years, as I continued reading Giroux's books--he is prolific-- I acquired a language to understand some of the most complex social, political, and cultural ideas we face in modern times. His language is intellectaul and at once quite accessible. Giroux writes with clarity and incredible insight. I consider this "reader" an excellent introduction to many theories that Giroux has produced, which are uniquely relevant to our lives. This is a must read and it will make you want to read his other books. He has an uncanny ability to cross traditional theoretical boundaries and create tools for better teaching, thinking, and acting to make this world a better place.
Truly inspiring and absolutely necessary!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam Fletcher on March 28, 2007
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Giroux is renowned for his analysis of society, particularly focusing on youth, commercialism, and hypocrisy. This collection of Giroux's writing illustrates the breadth and depth of his analysis in all those areas, and more. I learned about neoliberalism and the corporate grip on American youth; the societal abandonment of youth and the social divestment in the future, and; the wholesale disenfranchisement of the American public in the face of capitalistic greed and personal opportunism. Giroux is like the town crier challenging us to get out of bed to go fight the fire on "that" side of town. If we don't it'll burn our house down - oh, wait - it already is.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Polm VINE VOICE on September 21, 2008
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This book received some glowing reviews. I ordered it and awaited it with anticipation. But it was a disappointment
To me it is terribly written. I'm not referring to its ideas. I'm talking about a writing style that is so dense and ABSTRACT that it is continually, line after line, paragraph after paragraph, very difficult to pin down just exactly what the author is trying to say. To understand it, the reader would have to do a sentence by sentence translation into sensible and more concrete English.
You run into this type of writing in some college text books, where, perhaps, the author is writing to impress fellow professors with the profundity of his ideas. Or, the author is writing for his own insider group that shares the same complex terminology and jargon, which among the group's members do not require continual definitions and clarifications (which this book does not provide). All of them probably know what the words "Cultural Politics" refer to.
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh. Maybe the author was targeting the academic community. But I wager that even they would find this book an uphill challenge to understand.
Not recommended for the general reader who is not expert in this area.
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