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Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism (Popular Culture and Everyday Life) First printing Edition

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«Henry Giroux is one of the foremost public intellectuals writing on issues of education in the U.S. today. This book is another testament to his long-standing quest for a just, egalitarian, and critical pedagogy against its distortion in the service of economic, political and cultural power. His pungent style gives powerful voice to a passionate commitment to youth whose futures are placed in jeopardy by an educational system that marginalizes their intellectual, ethical, and emotional needs - and all too often becomes complicit in their criminalization. The book should be required reading for anyone concerned with the social consequences of the neoliberal assault on public education, which the present administration regretfully has done little to roll back.» (Arif Dirlik, Liang Qichao Memorial Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing)
«In this timely and compelling critique of U.S. political culture, Henry Giroux makes clear how it is that Americans are living through what Hannah Arendt once called ‘dark times’, times in which the violence and cruelty of human disposability remains hidden in the black light of an increasingly authoritarian public realm. Passionately and incisively argued, Giroux’s critique offers insight into the political and pedagogical conditions that have produced a ‘zombie politics’ and its associated forms of authoritarianism. In this respect, Giroux illuminates what we need to see in order to reconstitute a lost social democratic imagination.» (Roger I. Simon, University of Toronto)
«Henry Giroux offers his most passionate defense yet of democracy and civic values in his new book. This volume is a must-read in dark times like these. Giroux has for decades been an outstanding tribune for democracy, an advocate for civic values and for questioning the unequal status quo. In this new book, he takes up more vigorously than ever the threats to the public sphere from reactionary forces gaining momentum. For Giroux, these threats to humane democracy fit the ‘zombie aesthetic’ now pervading television, film, and popular culture. Politics has become a monstrous caricature of public deliberation with wild propositions and charges spreading fear and division. Giroux explores the hostile forces sucking the blood out of our constitutional rights as well as the vitality out of ordinary families. We have become a society of monopolized wealth and distributed poverty, a culture of endless war, legalized torture, detention without trial, bursting prisons, and schools that turn our bright children into data. These intolerable conditions require the outrage and insight Giroux offers in his new book. He has written a volume inviting us to democratic action and civic restoration before these dark times grow even darker.» (Ira Shor, Professor, City University of New York)

About the Author

Henry A. Giroux holds the Global TV Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Canada. His most recent books include The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (2007), Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability? (2009), Politics Beyond Hope (2010), and Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror (2010).
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Product Details

  • Series: Popular Culture and Everyday Life (Book 23)
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers; First printing edition (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433112264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433112263
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will make people aware of where we are today, both in economic terms and from a cultural standpoint. For those of us who have had a sense of our current situation, Giroux puts everything into perspective.
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This is an important book, but is only one of many. Henry Giroux is a powerful voice that needs to be heard or read.
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I have not completed the book but find it a good read - with strong descriptive language concerning rather serious social issues - I am looking forward to the author's suggestions for the future and how Amercia can attempt to turn around the mess it has created.
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Giroux is a brilliant stylist and a gifted polemicist. He has lucidly dismantled the new, vulgar and reactionary forms of conservatism that have found high priests in talking heads like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. People who, by comparison, make William Randolph Heart look like an honest journalist. Giroux critiques American culture as well, but to a lesser extent. He blames the cultural defects of modern day America on the predatory Gilded Age ideology of Neoconservatives. He seems to forget that there are a sundry of other factors that go into creating nearly all of the social problems he discusses. Torture justified by blind patriotism is not a uniquely American phenomena, and, as much as I'd like to, I would not blame the Neocons for its reemergence after 9/11. The hysteria induced by the attacks made Americans ready to accept any kind of lunacy. Many of the ills, like criminal behavior, are largely genetic and well beyond our present ability to fix. It would be worthwhile for him and those propounding similar views on pedagogy and class in America to thumb through The Bell Curve. Most of Giroux's points about both of these institutions are partially or completely correct, but they fail to fully explain crime and illiteracy. While controversial, it paints a much clearer picture than the various liberal and conservative commentaries that typically invoke very weak sociological arguments to support their diametrically opposed by equally irrational views on the causes of these problems. He seems to think all evils are intrinsic to unbridled capitalism; this is a commonly held belief, and while I personally disagree, I won't hold it against an academic zombie for holding it.Read more ›
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I watched an interview by Bill Moyers with Henry Giroux and really enjoyed it. I thought that if Giroux could invent a phrase like "zombie politics" then he must have a genius for language. It's a brilliant metaphor that encapsulates his thesis and helps shape my own thinking.

The book, however, is turgid. He has a great idea, but backs it up with more polemic than fact (though he does include some facts, thanks). I found myself taking notes so that I could sift through the polemics and figure out what he was saying and why. That should have been his job, not mine.

Maybe talking so much about zombies infected the book and gave it too much dead flesh.

Whatever. Watch the interview. Believe the thesis. Borrow the book from somebody else and pass it on when you're done.
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Great book, a must-read!
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