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In his newest provocative book, prominent social critic Henry A. Giroux shows how the tragedy and suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina signals a much larger crisis in the United States—one that threatens the very nature of individual freedom and inclusive democracy. This crisis extends far beyond matters of leadership, governance, or the Bush administration. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart of democracy and must be understood within a broader set of antidemocratic forces that not only made the social disaster underlying Katrina possible, but also contribute to an emerging authoritarianism in the United States.

Questions regarding who is going to die and who is going to live are driving a new form of authoritarianism in the United States. Within this form of “dirty democracy” a new and more insidious set of forces—embedded in our global economy—have largely given up on the sanctity of human life, rendering some groups as disposable and privileging others. Giroux offers up a vision of hope that creates the conditions for multiple collective and global struggles that refuse to use politics as an act of war and markets as the measure of democracy. Making human beings superfluous is the essence of totalitarianism, and democracy is the antidote in urgent need of being reclaimed. Katrina will keep the hope of such a struggle alive because for many of us the images of those floating bodies serve as a desperate reminder of what it means when justice, as the lifeblood of democracy, becomes cold and indifferent.

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Had Katrina not happened, eminent cultural critic Giroux would have been able to write this book anyway, which is not to dismiss his analysis and message. He turns to the Katrina debacle as confirmation of what he sees as a dangerous strengthening of antidemocratic forces threatening U.S. freedoms. Giroux alludes to such theorists as Michel Foucault to ground his arguement and is not averse to using the jargon of his field. For specialists. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594513299
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Radical Imagination Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. He has published numerous books and articles and his most recent books include America’s Educational Deficit and the War on Youth (2013) and Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (2014).

The Toronto Star has named Henry Giroux one of the twelve Canadians changing the way we think! Read the article here: Twelve Canadians Changing the Way We Think

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Table of Contents

1 Katrina and the biopolitics of disposability 1
Rethinking biopolitics 11
Biopower and the politics of disposability 23
Neoliberalism in dark times 31
The biopolitics of poverty and race 40
2 Dirty democracy and state authoritarianism 79
Dirty democracy in America 79
Market fundamentalism and the ethos of privatize or perish 83
Religious fundamentalism and the new conservatism 89
The attack on critical thought and dissent 94
The politics of cronyism and the return of old-style racism 101
The militarization of America 104
The struggle for an oppositional biopolitics 109
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