Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombing to the Virginia Tech Massacre

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About the Author:
Douglas Kellner is the George F. Kneller Professor of Philosophy of Education Chair at the Graduate School of Education at UCLA and author of many books including Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy (Paradigm 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594514920
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: The Radical Imagination
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Kellner, Professor in the Graduate School of Education, UCLA, is the author of many books, including Grand Theft 2000 (Rowman & Littlefield 2001) about the last presidential election.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Media Spectacle and the "Virginia Tech Massacre"     1
The Time of the Spectacle     3
Guy Debord's "Society of the Spectacle" and Its Limitations     7
Reading the Spectacle with Critical Social Theory and Cultural Studies     9
Societal Violence and Guys and Guns Amok     14
The Epidemic of School Shootings     19
Media Culture, Militarism, and Violent Masculinity     26
In This Book     28
Deconstructing the Spectacle: Race, Guns, and the Culture Wars     33
The Shootings and the Politics of Race     33
A Convocation and Cho's Multimedia Dossier     38
Guns and Political Scapegoating     43
School and Workplace Security: The Debate Begins     50
Mourning, Copycats, and Ideological Manipulation     53
The Situation of Contemporary Youth     61
From Boomers to Busters     63
Post-Boomers and Contemporary Youth     69
Youth Alienation, Violence, and the War against Youth     74
The Struggle against the War on Youth     76
Perils of Youth     83
Constructing Male Identities and the Spectacle of Terror     89
White Male Identity Politics     90
Militia, Right-Wing Extremism, and Terrorist Bombings     95
Home-Grown Terrorism: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing     100
Harvest of Rage     107
The Unabomber and the Politics of Terror     113
Middle-Class White Male Columbine High School Shootings     118
The Columbine Media Spectacle and Its Exploitation     119
Shooting at Columbine with Michael Moore: Guns, U.S. History, and Violence in America     126
Seung-Hui Cho in the Borderlands between the Korean and the American     131
What Is to Be Done?     139
Aftermath     142
Gun Laws, School and Workplace Safety, and Mental Health Care: The Delicate Balance     146
Beyond the Culture of Male Violence and Rage     154
New Literacies, Democratization, and the Reconstruction of Education     159
Politics, Prisons, and the Abolition Democracy Project     164
Horrors of the Prison-Industrial-Military Complex     165
The Time of Abolitions     167
Notes     172
References     201
Index     208
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