Abandoned Generation

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Henry Giroux argues that the US is at war with young people. No longer seen as the future of a democratic society, youth are now derided by politicians looking for quick-fix solutions to crime and demonized by the popular media. This perception of fear and disdain is being translated into social policy. Instead of providing a decent education to young people, we offer them the increasing potential of being incarcerated. Instead of guaranteeing them decent health care, we serve them more standardized tests. ...

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Overview

Henry Giroux argues that the US is at war with young people. No longer seen as the future of a democratic society, youth are now derided by politicians looking for quick-fix solutions to crime and demonized by the popular media. This perception of fear and disdain is being translated into social policy. Instead of providing a decent education to young people, we offer them the increasing potential of being incarcerated. Instead of guaranteeing them decent health care, we serve them more standardized tests. There's a war on in the US these days, and Giroux sees our youth as the target.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A marvelous hard-driving book that digs deep and rips away a lot of bunk and pretense...it has the power of a moral and sophisticated manifesto."—Jonathan Kozol

"The Abandoned Generation is a landmark text that offers critique and compassion in equally edifying measure."—Michael Eric Dyson

"...should not be missed by anyone who works with children as a teacher, parent, or social worker."—Michael Payne, The Sunbury Item

"In his bold new book Henry Giroux confronts the terror and culture of fear that shapes life in a post 9/11 era. Giroux imagines a utopian project, a progressive vision of hope in an age of violence and terror, radical dreams of care and concern for an abandoned generation. A radical, performative American cultural studies come of age with this work." — Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403965363
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/7/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry A. Giroux holds the Global Television Network Chair in Communications in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University in Canada. He is the author of many books, including Stealing Innocence, Channel Surfing, and The Abandoned Generation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The War Against Youth in a Post 9/11 Era

Part I: Democracy beyond Culture of Fear

• Public Time versus Emergency Time: Politics, Terrorism, and the Culture of Fear

• Democracy, Patriotism, and Schooling after September 11: Critical Citizens or Unthinking Patriots?

• Global Capitalism and the Return of the Garrison State: Rethinking Hope in the Age of In-Security

Part II: The Abandoned Generation

• Leaving Most Children Behind: Public Education Under Siege

• Teen Girls' Resistance: The Disappearing Social in Ghost World

• From 'Manchild' to Baby Boy: Race and the Politics of Self-Help

• Higher Education, Inc.: Training Students to Be Consumers

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