Impure Acts: The Practical Politics of Cultural Studies

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This book begins with the premise that the culture of politics--culture's capacity to create those discursive resources and material relations of power that shape democratic public life--appears to be in crisis, subject to derision by a wide range of ideological perspectives. In opposition to such attacks, this book argues that struggles over culture are not a weak substitute for "real" politics, but are central to any struggle willing to forge relations of power, theory, and practice, as well as pedagogy and social change. Henry A. Giroux challenges the contemporary politics of cynicism by addressing a number of issues including the various attacks on cultural politics, the multicultural discourses of academia, the corporate attack on higher education, and the cultural politics of the Disney empire. Impure Acts points to a new kind of cultural politics and a new kind of political culture that put knowledge and practice in the service of a more realized democracy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415926553
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/6/2000
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

recent books include: Fugitive Cultures: Race, Violence, and Youth (Routledge 1996), Channel Surfing: Race Talk and the Destruction of Today's Youth (St. Martin's Press 1997), Pedagogy and the Politics of Hope (Westview/Harper Collins 1997), The Mouse That Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence (Rowman and Littlefield 1999) and Stealing Innocence: Youth, Corporate Power, and Cultural Politics (St. Martin's Press, forthcoming).
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Table of Contents

Revitalizing the Culture of Politics: An Introduction 1
1 Rethinking Cultural Politics: Challenging Political Dogmatism from Right to Left 16
2 Schooling and the Politics of Corporate Culture 39
3 The Limits of Academic Multiculturalism 61
4 Teaching the Political with Homi Bhabha 87
5 Teaching the Cultural with Disney 107
6 Performing Cultural Studies 126
Notes 142
Index 161
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