Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability?

Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability?

by Henry A. Giroux
     
 

This Book Addresses the Changing Conditions Youth Face in the New Millennium and the degree to which they are under assault in unprecedented ways. Not only does Giroux examine the problems youth confront in a market-driven society that treats them largely as commodities, he also explores the emergence of a punishing state that produces the harshest elements, values

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This Book Addresses the Changing Conditions Youth Face in the New Millennium and the degree to which they are under assault in unprecedented ways. Not only does Giroux examine the problems youth confront in a market-driven society that treats them largely as commodities, he also explores the emergence of a punishing state that produces the harshest elements, values, and dictates of a youth crime complex, one that increasingly subjects poor, minority youth to crude forms of disciplinary control. Also considered is the role that academics and institutions of higher education can play in addressing the crisis of youth and its relationship to politics and critical education. Finally, the book provides a broader theoretical analysis of a ruthless economic Darwinism and its market-based logic of disposability. Giroux examines this market fundamentalism, increasingly devalued but hardly dead, as an educational, cultural, and political discourse that has gutted the social state and produced a set of policies that have had dire consequences for society at large, and especially for young people.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230613294
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Henry A. Giroux holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University. His most recent books include: Take Back Higher Education (Palgrave, co-authored with Susan Giroux, 2004); The Giroux Reader (2004); The University in Chains (2007) and Against The Terror of Neoliberalism (2008).

Recent articles by Giroux: 

 http://www.truthout.org/060809A

 http://www.counterpunch.org/giroux02062009.html

http://www.truthout.org/123108A

http://blackcommentator.com/328/328_st_henry_giroux_pt_2.html

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Expendable Futures: Youth and Democracy at Risk 1

1 Born to Consume: Youth and the Pedagogy of Commodification 27

2 Locked Up: Education and the Youth Crime Complex 69

3 Locked Out: Youth and Academic Unfreedom 109

4 In the Shadow of the Gilded Age: Biopolitics in the Age of Disposability 145

Notes 189

Index 231

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