- Tapa dura: 240 páginas
- Editor: Routledge; Edición: 1 (20 de junio de 2008)
- Colección: Cultural Politics & the Promise of Democracy
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1594515204
- ISBN-13: 978-1594515200
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Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Politics Beyond the Age of Greed (Cultural Politics & the Promise of Democracy) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 20 jun 2008
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“Against the Terror of Neoliberalism showcases why Henry A. Giroux is one of the most important and influential thinkers on the cultural left. … [He] critiques the present of politics, as always, eloquently and yet clearly and pointedly, with theoretical sophistication, acute insights into the structures in which power operates, a careful reading of its contemporary manifestations as well as its historical roots, and an in-depth grasp of current academic debates. … Against the Terror of Neoliberalism makes an incontrovertible demonstration of the ways that education is at the center of both how the forces of oppression gain ascendance and how the forces of dissent need to think [about] the future of opposition.”
―Robin Truth Goodman, Florida State University, in Symploke
“At the core of Henry Giroux’s latest, and perhaps most incisive, encompassing and challenging book, Against the Terror of Neoliberalism, are urgent questions and concerns about youth, education, responsibility, the future, and democracy, all rigorously examined and captured brilliantly. … [The book] should be obligatory reading across the spectrum of US education, from high schools and schools of education, to cultural studies, political science, union halls, military barracks, and departments of communications. Giroux thinks and writes with an unrelenting urgency, rigor, and clarity that provides us with critical tools for thinking hard about the world.”
―Scott D. Morris in Dissident Voice
Praise for Giroux's earlier Terror of Neoliberalism
“Henry Giroux has done it again! Against a fastball from Wall Street, the World Bank and the IMF, and the ideologues and practitioners of free market fundamentalism, he smashes a home run. Giroux surgically and decisively dissects the contradictions and the brutal inhumanity and injustice of the ‘free market.’ He also provides the outlines for a roadmap to get out of this living hell.”
―Robert W. McChesney, author, The Problem of the Media
“One of the most powerful critiques of the current U.S. regime to date, as precise as it is well-documented, as courageous as it is wide-ranging.”
―Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Henry Giroux is society’s teacher and conscience. Refusing the easy divide between cultural criticism and economic analysis, he demonstrates the strategies and techniques by which market fundamentalism is profoundly changing the people’s everyday lives and threatening the values that define our common heritage.”
―Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Reseña del editor
With its dream worlds of power, commercialization, and profit making, neoliberalism has ushered in new Gilded Age in which the logic of the market now governs every aspect of media, culture, and social life-from schooling to health care to old age. As the social contract becomes a distant memory, the new "corporate state" distances itself from workers and minority groups, who become more disposable in a new age of uncertainty and manufactured fear. This is the only book to connect the history, ideology, and consequences of neoliberal policies to education and cultural issues that pervade almost every aspect of daily life. A significantly revised and updated new version of Giroux's 2003 book, The Terror of Neoliberalism, this book points to ways in which neoliberal ideology can be resisted, and how new forms of citizenship and collective struggles can be forged, to reclaim the meaning both of a substantive politics and of a democratic society. Against the Terror of Neoliberalism was featured in the New York Times in the Stanley Fish blog: Stanley Fish BlogVer Descripción del producto
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Great stuff therein though!
First off, I find the very idea of "neoliberalism" to be conservative and backward looking. That is not necessarily bad, but in this case, what Giroux looks back to is the post-WWII era in the US and Europe when unions were very strong and the left offered a vision of state-controlled economic relations that was attractive to a large fraction of the electorates in many countries. We might call that the "social democratic" opposition to classical liberalism, which upheld a strong market economy in which the role of the state was mainly protecting property rights, defending the country, and determining the supply of money.
The lament of Giroux is that we have abandoned the social-democratic opposition, and classical liberalism has returned to its former hegemonic power, to the detriment of (a) the poor; (b) workers; (c) minorities; (d) women; and (e) third world countries. Indeed, the opening quotation in chapter one is by Susan George (1999) who says "In 1945 or 1950, if you had seriously proposed any of the ideas and policies in today's standard neo-liberal toolkit, you would have been laughed off the stage or sent off to the insane asylum". "Gone," comments Giroux, "is capitalism's promise of a better future for all. All that is left is the savagery of a war against all, and a future of hopelessness and cynicism." (p. 4)
I have two problems with this analysis. The main problem is that the social democratic vision has not been turned back, but rather has been largely realized in the form of (a) the end of legalized discrimination against African-Americans; (b) the huge increase in the rights of women against the claims of patriarchy; (c) the rise of a culture that asserts racial tolerance and affirms gender equality; (d) a wide-spread system of social safety nets in the form of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and unemployment insurance; and (e) a vigorous system of laws and social institutions protecting the rights of children against sexual and physical violence. I would argue that there are several new social priorities that have arisen given the basic resolution of the aforementioned social problems, but that social democracy has not shown itself popular among voters in solving these problems. Moreover, some of the old social democratic institutions, such a support for labor unions, were merely a means of forging a political united front of a labor aristocracy and the political social democrats that worked to the detriment of the majority of voters, including most workers.
My second problem flows from the first. There must be good reasons why voters have turned away from the social democratic vision, yet Giroux never states what these may be. Like many modern social democrats, he attributes the change in voter sentiments to a form of "false consciousness" in which the average citizen has come to believe the evil and insidious stories spun by the rich and powerful. This is not a very auspicious beginning for a political philosophy. It is better to assume that if the voters reject you, you did something wrong, you should find out what is is, and you should correct it. I can envisage situations in which this assumption is wrong, but I think it applies well to today's political scene.
Anyone interested in gaining a much deeper comprehension of current economic, political, cultural and educational policies, impacts and directions, and anyone willing to engage, understand and confront urgent questions and concerns about youth, public education, social responsibility, violence, the pedagogical power of corporate culture, emerging forms of authoritarianism, the exploitation of workers and resources, the future, racism, militarism, the dominant media, and possibilities for developing meaningful forms of democracy will find this book thoroughly engrossing and endlessly rewarding.
No short review can capture the breadth and brilliance of this book, nor the intellectual excitement it generates. Engaging Giroux seriously is exhausting and challenging, but only in ways that are invigorating and encouraging, and because of that, all of us should be thankful that Giroux continues his dedicated, persistent and inspired work. It is at our peril that we avoid the demanding and energizing work Giroux offers and inspires.
In confronting the terrors of neoliberalism and the foreboding recurrence of increasingly fierce and destructive disasters, Giroux thinks and writes with an unrelenting urgency, rigor and clarity, necessary now more than ever, and he provides us with critical tools for thinking hard about the world. While he offers no magic bullets, easy prescriptions or simple roadmaps (there are none), he offers carefully articulated direction rooted in a realistic hope sustained in the democratic possibilities alive in our capacities to act with a combination of civic courage, a collective spirit, critical inquiry, social responsibility, and local and international solidarity, so that we do not reproduce a present that cancels our future, and so we do not lose our reality by abandoning our dreams.
Read this book, share it and discuss it with friends, neighbors, classmates, fellow workers, and teachers, and let us begin the necessary work to save our imperiled future while building what Giroux calls an informed, involved, inclusive and vibrant democracy.