Fugitive Cultures: Race, Violence, and Youth [NOOK Book]

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Fugitive Cultures examines how youth are being increasingly subjected to racial stereotyping and violence in various realms of popular culture, especially children's culture. But rather than dismissing popular culture, Henry Giroux addresses its political and pedagogical value as a site of critique and learning and calls for a reinvigorated critical relationship between cultural studies and those diverse cultural workers committed to expanding the possibilities and practices of ...
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Overview

Fugitive Cultures examines how youth are being increasingly subjected to racial stereotyping and violence in various realms of popular culture, especially children's culture. But rather than dismissing popular culture, Henry Giroux addresses its political and pedagogical value as a site of critique and learning and calls for a reinvigorated critical relationship between cultural studies and those diverse cultural workers committed to expanding the possibilities and practices of democratic public life.
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In recent years politicians have bemoaned the state of popular culture. Occasionally, they extend their critique of the entertainment industry to the new field of cultural studies, which typically celebrates pop culture's "subversive" qualities. But not everyone involved in the cultural studies movement favors today's popular culture. Distinguished author Giroux (education, Pennsylvania State Univ.) also finds much to criticize about contemporary culture. His focus here is on violence in the media. "Serious films have given way to the blockbuster," he complains, "and the tradeoff has been an increase in the number of violent films shown in movie theaters across the United States." In this context he looks at representations of blacks in the media, the growing power of talk radio, and the world view of the Disney Corporation. Giroux is particularly critical of Quentin Tarantino's films, asserting that the director "produces a racially coded, reactionary cultural politics and pedagogy that transforms neo-conservative callousness and contempt for the underclass into a hip representation of avant-garde high art." Giroux's thought-provoking approach is recommended for general and academic libraries.-Kent Worcester, Social Science Research Council, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135209735
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 735 KB

Meet the Author

Henry A. Giroux is the Waterbury Chair Professor and Director of the Waterbury Forum for Education and Cultural Studies at Penn State University. He is the author of Border Crossings and Disturbing Pleasures, also published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
The Kids Aren't Alright: Youth, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 3
I Race, Violence, and Children's Culture 25
1 White Panic and the Racial Coding of Violence 27
2 Racism and the Aesthetic of Hyper-Real Violence: Pulp Fiction and Other Visual Tragedies 55
3 Animating Youth: The Disneyfication of Children's Culture 89
II Public Intellectuals and Populist Persuasions 115
4 Public Intellectuals and Postmodern Youth 117
5 Talking Heads and Radio Pedagogy: Microphone Politics and the New Public Intellectuals 141
III The Way Things Ought Not to Be: Race and National Identity 163
6 Licensing Bigotry Without Being Politically Correct 165
7 The Milk Ain't Clean: National Identity and Multiculturalism 185
Notes 203
Index 239
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