Breaking in to the Movies: Film and the Culture of Politics / Edition 1

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Assessing film's unheralded—and unbridled—power as a "teaching machine," Breaking in to the Movies showcases Giroux's best-known film essays that address the profoundly pedagogical role film has come to play in contemporary culture.

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"In this collection of essays, Henry Giroux demonstrates once again that he is one of our leading public political intellectuals. Every page is filled with the passion of his commitment both to social and economic justice and to theoretical rigor. This collection combines insightful readings of how specific films operate in the current social context and original reflections on the central theoretical and methodological issues facing cultural studies today. This is a book that will move both students and teachers."
—Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Henry Giroux is one of our most penetrating cultural critics. In Breaking in to the Movies, he demonstrates how pleasure and power, entertainment and public pedagogy, are always intertwined in the culture of global capitalism. Giroux offers a refreshing approach in a field often characterized by a paucity of intellectual imagination. This is real cultural criticism."
Sut Jhally, University of Massachusetts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631226031
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry A. Giroux holds the Waterbury Chair Professorship and is currently the Director of the Waterbury Forum in Education and Cultural Studies at Pennsylvania State University. His most recent books include Stealing Innocence: Corporate Culture's War on Children (2001); Impure Acts: The Practical Politics of Cultural Studies (2000); The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence (1999); and Pedagogy and the Politics of Hope (1997).

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Table of Contents

Breaking in to the Movies: An Introduction 1
I Reclaiming the Political in Popular Culture 17
1 Norma Rae: Character, Class, and Culture 19
2 Hollywood Film and the Challenge of Neofascist Culture 29
3 Line Wertmuller: Film and the Dialectic of Liberation 34
4 Looking for Mr. Goodbar: Gender and the Politics of Pleasure 40
II Hollywood Film and the War on Youth 45
5 Slacking Off: Border Youth and Postmodern Education 47
6 Culture, Class, and Pedagogy in Dead Poets Society 75
7 Children's Culture and Disney's Animated Films 100
8 The Politics of Pedagogy, Gender, and Whiteness in Dangerous Minds 136
9 Media Panics and the War Against "Kids": Larry Clark and the Politics of Diminished Hopes 170
III Race and the Culture of Violence in Hollywood Films 193
10 Racism and the Aesthetic of Hyper-real Violence: Pulp Fiction and Other Visual Tragedies 195
11 Multiculturalism and the Cultural Politics of Race in 187 236
12 Brutalized Bodies and Emasculated Politics: Fight Club, Consumerism and Masculine Violence 258
Index 289
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