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The Violence of Organized Forgetting : Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
by Henry A. Giroux


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"Giroux refuses to give in or give up. "The Violence of Organized Forgetting" is a clarion call to imagine a different America--just, fair, and caring--and then to struggle for it."--Bill Moyers

"Henry Giroux has accomplished an exciting, brilliant intellectual dissection of America's somnambulent voyage into anti-democratic political depravity.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Giroux refuses to give in or give up. "The Violence of Organized Forgetting" is a clarion call to imagine a different America--just, fair, and caring--and then to struggle for it."--Bill Moyers

"Henry Giroux has accomplished an exciting, brilliant intellectual dissection of America's somnambulent voyage into anti-democratic political depravity. His analysis of the plight of America's youth is particularly heartbreaking. If we have a shred of moral fibre left in our beings, Henry Giroux sounds the trumpet to awaken it to action to restore to the nation a civic soul."--Dennis J. Kucinich, former US Congressman and Presidential candidate

"Giroux lays out a blistering critique of an America governed by the tenets of a market economy. . . . He cites French philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman's concept of the 'disimagination machine' to describe a culture and pedagogical philosophy that short-circuits citizens' ability to think critically, leaving the generation now reaching adulthood unprepared for an 'inhospitable' world. Picking apart the current malaise of 21st-century digital disorder, Giroux describes a world in which citizenship is replaced by consumerism and the functions of engaged governance are explicitly beholden to corporations."--"Publishers Weekly"

In a series of essays that explore the intersections of politics, popular culture, and new forms of social control in American society, Henry A. Giroux explores how state and corporate interests have coalesced to restrict civil rights, privatize what's left of public institutions, and diminish our collective capacity to participate as engaged citizens of a democracy.

From the normalization of mass surveillance, lockdown drills, and a state of constant war, to corporate bailouts paired with public austerity programs that further impoverish struggling families and communities, Giroux looks to flashpoints in current events to reveal how the forces of government and business are at work to generate a culture of mass forgetfulness, obedience and conformity. In "The Violence of Organized Forgetting," Giroux deconstructs the stories created to control us while championing the indomitable power of education, democracy, and hope.

Henry A. Giroux is a world-renowned educator, author and public intellectual. He currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. "The Toronto Star" has named Henry Giroux one of the twelve Canadians changing the way we think."

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"I can think of no book in the last ten years as essential as this. I can think of no other writer who has so clinically dissected the crisis of modern life and so courageously offered a possibility for real material change."--John Steppling, playwright, and author of "The Shaper, Dogmouth, " and "Sea of Cortez"

"A timely study if there ever was one, "The Violence of Organized Forgetting" is a milestone in the struggle to repossess the common sense expropriated by the American power elite to be redeployed in its plot to foil the popular resistance against rising social injustice and decay of political democracy."--Zygmunt Bauman, author of "Does the Richness of the Few Benefit Us All?" among other works

Prophetic and eloquent, Giroux gives us, in this hard-hitting and compelling book, the dark scenario of Western crisis where ignorance has become a virtue and wealth and power the means of ruthless abuse of workers, of the minorities and of immigrants. However, he remains optimistic in his affirmation of radical humanity, determined as he is to relate himself to a fair and caring world unblemished by anti-democratic political depravity."--Shelley Walia, "Frontline"
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  • ISBN-13: 9780872866195
  • ISBN-10: 087286619X
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publish Date: August 2014
  • Page Count: 274

Series: Open Media Books

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Books > Political Science > Essays
Books > Political Science > Political Ideologies - Democracy
Books > Political Science > History & Theory - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-06-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this essay collection, McMaster University professor Giroux (Disposable Youth) lays out a blistering critique of an America governed by the tenets of a market economy. The author doesn’t pull punches in his excoriation of the “vapid culture of celebrity” and the neoliberal narrative that defies the “public’s desire for rigorous accountability, critical interrogation, and openness.” However, this takedown is mostly confined to targets inside the ivory tower; Giroux steeps himself in the work of other academics, particularly American sociologist C. Wright Mills. He cites French philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman’s concept of the “disimagination machine” to describe a culture and pedagogical philosophy that short-circuits citizens’ ability to think critically, leaving the generation now reaching adulthood unprepared for an “inhospitable” world. Picking apart the current malaise of 21st-century digital disorder, Giroux describes a world in which citizenship is replaced by consumerism and the functions of engaged governance are explicitly beholden to corporations. Unfortunately, his remedy is not especially convincing. (Aug.)

 
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