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Using cultural texts rather than cultural theories as his point of departure, the first part of Disturbing Pleasures showcases Giroux's unrivalled ability to identify a range of pedagogical activity occurring beyond the classroom--at the movies, in front of the television, even by glancing at provocative advertisements. His stinging analyses of cultural objects and subjects--the interracial Benetton ad campaign, the Disney empire, the New racism in films like Grand Canyon, Whittle Communications and Julia Roberts' role in Pretty Woman--extend the reach of his theory by illustrating how learning popular culture becomes intimately linked not only to issues of commercialism and consumerism but to forms of pleasure, possibility and struggle.
The second part of the volume illustrates the multiple classroom applications of Giroux's theory. Choosing an accessible, even personal voice for this purpose, Giroux shares his own experiences as a teacher: how he conducts his classes, his struggles over the politics of his location as a teacher, writing exercises he organizes around popular culture and the texts he selects and interrogates. These personal reflections not only profile Giroux as a scholar equally committed to theory and practice, but more importantly, provide for educators and cultural workers valuable guidelines for thinking through the ways cultural texts can make a marked difference in the classrooms, educations and lives of students.
|1||Consuming Social Change: The United Colors of Benetton||3|
|2||Politics and Innocence in the Wonderful World of Disney||25|
|3||Schools for Scandal: Whittling Away at Public Education||47|
|4||White Utopias and Nightmare Realities: Film and the New Cultural Racism||67|
|5||Pedagogy and the Critical Practice of Photography||93|
|6||The Turn Toward Theory||109|
|7||Does Anybody Write in the Cultural Studies Classroom?||127|
|8||Paulo Freire and the Rise of the Border Intellectual||141|