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The violence of organized forgetting : thinking beyond America's disimagination machine, Henry A. Giroux

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The violence of organized forgetting : thinking beyond America's disimagination machine
Title
The violence of organized forgetting
Title remainder
thinking beyond America's disimagination machine
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Henry A. Giroux
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eng
Summary
  • ""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 "Giroux is society's teacher and conscience."--Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina The Toronto Star has named Henry Giroux "one of the twelve Canadians changing the way we think." "America has become amnesiac," says Henry Giroux, "a country in which forms of historical, political, and moral forgetting are not only willfully practiced but celebrated." In a series of essays on the intersections of political power, popular culture and new methods of social control, Giroux explores how neoliberal discourse and the ongoing commodification of everyday life constitute an active assault on public memory, chip away at civil rights, and diminish the public's capacity to speak and act in its own interests. Alarmed at the increased authoritarianism creeping into all levels of national experience, Giroux looks to flashpoints in current events to reveal how the institutions of government and business are at work to generate false narratives that promote mass fear, quietism and passivity. "The Violence of Organized Forgetting" makes visible the untruth of these narratives and the historical, political, economic, and cultural conditions that produce them. Giroux analyzes how various institutions in American society are distracting and miseducating the public. Political and cultural responses to current event--such as the ongoing economic crisis, income inequality, health care reform, Hurricane Sandy, the war on terror, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Chicago teacher protests--represent flashpoints that reveal a growing disregard for people's democratic rights, public accountability, and civic values. From the inflated rhetoric of the political right to market-driven media peddling spectacles of violence, the influence of these forces in everyday life is undermining our collective security by justifying cutbacks to social supports and restricting opportunities for democratic resistance. Giroux argues that widespread acceptance of the militarized lockdown of Boston crystalizes the degree to which society has come to accept martial law and mass surveillance as inevitable necessities of contemporary American life. Over-the-top repression of social movements like Occupy reveals an increasing intolerance and suspicion of those who challenge state and corporate power, while the violence marketed to youth as entertainment promotes further disconnection from a sense of cohesive community. "The Violence of Organized Forgetting" is a passionate call for public engagement as a means to push back against restrictions on freedom and the passive acceptance of a frightening status quo. Henry Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network chair professorship at McMaster University. A prolific author, he writes regularly for Truthout. Praise for Henry A. Giroux's The Violence of Organized Forgetting: "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 "--
  • "In a series of essays on the intersections of political power, popular culture and new methods of social control, Giroux explores how neoliberal discourse and the ongoing commodification of everyday life constitute an active assault on public memory, chip away at civil rights, and diminish the public's capacity to speak and act in its own interests. Alarmed at the increased authoritarianism creeping into all levels of national experience, Giroux looks to flashpoints in current events to reveal how the institutions of government and business are at work to generate false narratives that promote mass fear, quietism and passivity. "The Violence of Organized Forgetting" makes visible the untruth of these narratives and the historical, political, economic, and cultural conditions that produce them. Giroux analyzes how various institutions in American society are distracting and miseducating the public. Political and cultural responses to current event--such as the ongoing economic crisis, income inequality, health care reform, Hurricane Sandy, the war on terror, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Chicago teacher protests--represent flashpoints that reveal a growing disregard for people's democratic rights, public accountability, and civic values. From the inflated rhetoric of the political right to market-driven media peddling spectacles of violence, the influence of these forces in everyday life is undermining our collective security by justifying cutbacks to social supports and restricting opportunities for democratic resistance. Giroux argues that widespread acceptance of the militarized lockdown of Boston crystalizes the degree to which society has come to accept martial law and mass surveillance as inevitable necessities of contemporary American life. Over-the-top repression of social movements like Occupy reveals an increasing intolerance and suspicion of those who challenge state and corporate power, while the violence marketed to youth as entertainment promotes further disconnection from a sense of cohesive community. "The Violence of Organized Forgetting" is a passionate call for public engagement as a means to push back against restrictions on freedom and the passive acceptance of a frightening status quo"--
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Giroux, Henry A
Dewey number
306.20973
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1726
LC item number
.G57 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Political culture
  • Corporate power
  • Mass media
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Social values
  • Collective memory
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Essays
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
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The violence of organized forgetting : thinking beyond America's disimagination machine, Henry A. Giroux
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : America's descent into madness -- America's disimagination machine -- The new authoritarianism -- Hurricane Sandy and the politics of disposability -- The vanishing point of U.S. democracy -- Lockdown USA : Lessons from the Boston Marathon manhunt -- Teachers resisting neoliberalism at home -- Beyond the disimagination machine -- Hope in a time of permanent war
Control code
880960007
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
274 pages
Isbn
9780872866195
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2014006179
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)880960007
Label
The violence of organized forgetting : thinking beyond America's disimagination machine, Henry A. Giroux
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : America's descent into madness -- America's disimagination machine -- The new authoritarianism -- Hurricane Sandy and the politics of disposability -- The vanishing point of U.S. democracy -- Lockdown USA : Lessons from the Boston Marathon manhunt -- Teachers resisting neoliberalism at home -- Beyond the disimagination machine -- Hope in a time of permanent war
Control code
880960007
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
274 pages
Isbn
9780872866195
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2014006179
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)880960007

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