Continuing his ongoing social critique, Henry Giroux looks at the way corporate culture is encroaching on the lives of children by exploring three myths prevalent in our society: that the triumph of democracy is related to the triumph of the market; that children are unaffected by power and politics; and that teaching and learning are no longer linked to improving the world. Looking at childhood beauty pageants, school shootings, and the omnipresent nihilistic chic of advertising, Giroux paints a disturbing picture of the world surrounding our children. Ultimately, he turns to the work of Antonio Gramsci, Paulo Freire, and Stuart Hall for lessons on how we can reinstitute a realistic childhood for our children.
"[Stealing Innocence is] . . . a methodically designed portrait of the increasing elimination of childhood for modern American youth . . . his ideas and examples are clear." — Booklist
[Stealing Innocence is]...a methodically designed portrait of the increasing elimination of childhood for modern American youth...his ideas and examples are clear.
Giroux (secondary education, Pennsylvania State University) looks at the way corporate culture controls children's lives and examines myths related to democracy and the marketplace, children and politics, and teaching and learning. He looks at childhood beauty pageants, school shootings, and advertising, and turns to the work of such critics as Antonio Gramsci, Paulo Freire, and Stuart Hall for lessons on how to creation a more realistic and healthy childhood for children. This is a paperbound reprint of a 2000 book. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Henry A. Giroux holds the Global Television Network Chair in Communications in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University in Canada. He is the author of many books, including Channel Surfing, The Abandoned Generation, and Take Back Higher Education.