Strange Love: Or how We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Market / Edition 240

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As Junk Bond felon Michael Milken attempts to transform public education on the model of the HMO, he is hailed in the mainstream press as having "done more to help mankind than Mother Theresa." Even as BP Amoco, a notorious U.S. polluter, is charged with funding and arming paramilitaries in Colombia, it freely distributes science curricula that portrays itself as a loving protector of citizens from a dangerous and 'out of control' nature. These as well as many other examples abound as Professors Robin Truth Goodman and Kenneth J. Saltman take on the corporate educators, media monopolies, and oil companies in their new book Strange Love: How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Market. Saltman and Goodman show how corporate-produced curricula, films, and corporate-promoted books often use depictions of family love, childhood innocence, and compassion in order to sell the public on policies that ironically put the profit of multinational corporations over the well-being of people. In doing so Goodman and Saltman reveal the extent to which globalization depends upon education and also show how battles over culture, language, and the control of information are matters of life, death, and democracy.

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Editorial Reviews

Teachers College Record
The authors provide a remarkable multidisciplinary breadth and depth of documentary research. Strange Love charts important new investigative and humanistic territory among related works. It will be of value to faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates interested in further research on educational corporization and globalization, especially within humanistic, aesthetic, ethical, and cultural traditions.
Goodman and Saltman provide here a carefully researched piece of work. Part film criticism, part popular culture, part social commentary, part sociology, the book centers on the corporatization of education and how it is the principle means through which globalization is achieved.
Pepi Leistyna
'You are either with us or against us!' is a popular proclamation these days, one largely without an explanation of who actually profits from neo-liberal symbolic, cultural, and economic agendas. Strange Love: How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Market takes the issue of 'us' head on. Courageously, Truth Goodman and Saltman reveal how neo-liberal markets cannot solve what they in fact create, and that the possibilities of 'us' in any real participatory democracy requires consciousness and not coercion.
Goodman and Saltman provide here a carefully researched piece of work. Part film criticism, part popular culture, part social commentary, part sociology, the book centers on the corporatization of education and how it is the principle means through which globalization is achieved.
Alphonso Lingis
Part educational theory, part cultural studies, part investigative journalism, this book judges the results of innovative corporate initiatives in public education such as Knowledge Universe, Amoco's iMPACT, the Pegasus Prize, as well as the educational impact of some recent films. Strange Love is a thoroughly researched and important book.
Goodman (English, Florida State U.) and Saltman (social and cultural studies, DePaul U.) examine ways in which three specific cultural forms<-->curricula, multicultural literature, and popular films<-- >educate the public ideologically. Coverage includes ways in which corporate initiatives in education present themselves as philanthropy, entertainment and progressive pedagogy while disguising their attack on the public sector and democracy; ways in which recent multicultural and postcolonial literature alleges to further democratic inclusion while in reality supporting policies which undermine democracy; and ways in which two popular films claim to support family and childhood innocence while in reality denying the social and sanctifying the private sphere and consumerism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Robin Truth Goodman is assistant professor of English at Florida State University. Kenneth J. Saltman is assistant professor in the Social and Cultural Studies in Education program at DePaul University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 Junk King Education 3 Rivers of Fire: Amoco's iMPACT on Education 4 A Time For Flying Horses: Oil Education and the Future of Literature 5 The Mayor's Madness: So Far from God 6 Enemy of the State 7 A Hilarious Romp throught the Holocaust 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Coda Chapter 10 Index

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