1st Edition

Against the Terror of Neoliberalism Politics Beyond the Age of Greed

By Henry A. Giroux Copyright 2008
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 Blog

    Introduction slouching Toward Bethlehem; Chapter 1 The Emerging Authoritarianism in the United States: Political Culture Under the Bush/Cheney Administration; Chapter 2 Spectacles of Race and Pedagogies of Denial; Chapter 3 Disabling the Future: Youth in the Age of Market Fundamentalism; Chapter 4 Neoliberalism as Public Pedagogy; Chapter 5 The Politics of Hope in Dangerous Times; Chapter 6 Against Neoliberal Common Sense: Rethinking Cultural Politics and Public Pedagogy in Dark Times;


    Henry A. Giroux

    “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