The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences / Edition 2

The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences / Edition 2

by Jeffrey Nealon, Susan Searls Giroux
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742570509

ISBN-13: 9780742570504

Pub. Date: 08/16/2011

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The second edition of The Theory Toolbox involves students in understanding and using the "tools" of critical social and literary theory from the first day of class. Nealon and Searls Giroux describe key concepts and illuminate each with an engaging inquiry that asks students to consider deeper and deeper questions. Written in students' own idiom and drawing its

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The second edition of The Theory Toolbox involves students in understanding and using the "tools" of critical social and literary theory from the first day of class. Nealon and Searls Giroux describe key concepts and illuminate each with an engaging inquiry that asks students to consider deeper and deeper questions. Written in students' own idiom and drawing its examples from the social world, literature, popular culture, and advertising, The Theory Toolbox offers students the language and opportunity to theorize. Updated throughout, the second edition includes a discussion of new media, as well as two new chapters on life and nature.

Updated throughout, the second edition includes a new discussion of "media 2.0" and new chapters on life and nature.

Discussions are organized around key tools of criticism and concepts rather than literary movements. Key concepts include race, gender, subjectivity, power, difference, reading, author, media, culture, life, nature, history, postmodernism, postcolonialism, space, and time.

Popular culture and mass, media are strongly integrated with literary and social criticism.

Further readings for each concept serve as a guide to the literature for instructors and students.

"Working Questions" throughout the text involve students immediately in meaningful Inquiry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742570504
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/16/2011
Series:
Culture and Politics Series
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
290
Sales rank:
177,556
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

1 Why Theory? 1

2 Author/ity 9

3 Reading 21

4 Subjectivity 35

5 Culture 51

Multiculturalism 55

Popular Culture 59

Media Culture 70

Media Culture 2.0 78

6 Ideology 93

7 History 107

8 Space/Time 121

9 Posts 139

Postmodernism 139

Poststructuralism 145

Postcolonialism 154

10 Differences 171

Gender 178

Queer 184

Race 189

Class 194

Concluding Differences 200

11 Life 207

Biopower 212

Resistance 218

The Economics of Culture; or, The Biopower Business 221

12 Nature 229

Animals 244

13 Agency 255

Credits 269

Index 271

About the Authors 279

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