The Terror of Neoliberalism: Authoritarianism and the Eclipse of Democracy
Published Under the Garamond Imprint
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Neoliberalism, too commonly regarded as an economic theory, is a complex of values, ideologies, and practices that work more broadly as a “cultural field.” Giroux argues that its cultural dimensions erode the public participation that is the very foundation of democratic life. Under neoliberal policies, populations are increasingly denied the symbolic, educational, and economic capital necessary for engaged citizenship. Giroux assesses the impact of neoliberalism on the language of democracy, race, education, and the media, offering alternatives necessary to restore democratic institutions.
The main argument of this book is that neoliberalism has to be understood and challenged as both an economic theory and a powerful public pedagogy and cultural politics. That is, it has to be named and critically understood before it can be critiqued. The “common sense” assumptions that legitimate neoliberalism’s alleged historical inevitability have to be unsettled and then engaged for the social damage they cause at all levels of existence.
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- World Rights
- Page Count: 194 pages
- Dimensions: 5.7in x 0.7in x 8.8in
Henry Giroux has done it again! Against a fastball from Wall Street, the World Bank and the IMF, and the ideologies and practitioners of free market fundamentalism, he smashes a home run.
Robert W. McChesney, author of The Problem of the Media
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 people’s everyday lives and threatening the values that define our common heritage.
Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Henry A. Giroux holds the Global Television Network Chair in Communications at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of many books, including Public Spaces/Private Lives: Democracy Beyond 9/11 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear (Palgrave, 2003), and Take Back Higher Education: Race, Youth, and the Crisis of Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Era (Palgrave, 2004).
Table of contents"
- Living in the Shadow of Authoritarianism
- Spectacles of Race and Pedagogies of Denial
- Class Casualties: Disappearing Youth in the Age of Market Fundamentalism
- Neoliberalism as Public Pedagogy
- The Politics of Hope in Dangerous Times
- Edward Said and the Politics of Worldliness
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