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Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism capitalizes upon the popularity of zombies, exploring the relevance of the metaphor they provide for examining the political and pedagogical conditions that have produced a growing culture of sadism, cruelty, disposability, and death in America. The zombie metaphor may seem extreme, but it is particularly apt for ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published November 11th 2010 by Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
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This is a truly disturbing book.

It was a collect of short articles on the decline of democracy in the US and how this is being facilitated by corporations that have effectively purchased government so as to allow them to socialise risks while continuing to privatise profit. As he points out the fact the when US Supreme Court handed down its decision allowing corporations unlimited purchasing power in the electoral system, it effectively gave them control in ‘turning democracy into a commodity’.
I really enjoyed this one, the critique of modern life and the rise of the right, and more importantly the power of the market to define who and what the world is (and by extension how we, as social beings, have suffered) is clear and well argued. My only problem, I want to share it with students, but I don't think they'll be able to get past the polemically contrasts of conservative and liberal that takes the guise of US Republicans (the Zombies, and I agree, they fit the bill) and liberals. Bu ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Darla marked it as to-read
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Added to my shelf after reading this great excerpt:
Another devastating depressing book about the state of affairs in the US. Trevor has a good review, (, and Darla has a link to the author’s interview by Bill Moyers, which is worth watching to see the guy’s passion and energy. ( The book is worth reading not just for a good summation of the state of zombified political affairs and the death of democracy and a public social conscience, but also to see and check out ...more
When I ordered this book I was vey eager to read it. Now, that I have read it I am very disappointed.

The author is VERY verbose. At first I liked the style but after a few pages it became exhausting.

While I agree with many of his points, I do not believe that he builds a very good case. Frequently he makes grand sweeping statements but does not spend much time in substantiating them. Sometimes the writing degenerates into nothing more than a rant. I can easily envision the author happily pound
Derek Fenner
In a society ruled by the living undead, young people are increasingly the
victims of adult abuse and are maligned as dangerous and undeserving of even
mild forms of social investment. Hence, it is not surprising, given how little
money or time is spent on them, that they are treated as a threat, and their
behavior endlessly monitored, controlled and subject to harsh disciplinary
measures (Giroux 135).
Picked this up because the title intrigued me. I agree with other reviewers who say that Zombie metaphor fell flat. I agree with his premise, everything he points out as a problem with our democracy and culture, is a problem. Perhaps because this book is several years old now, many of t he examples felt dated (Glenn Beck has since imploded). It just didn't hold my interest, the metaphors were strained, and the author was far too verbose. Several others have referred to the author's interview wit ...more
Lots of big words and long sentences, but not lots of content.
Robb Bridson
Overall I agree with what most of the author says, but the writing style is pretty dry and I didn't really learn anything new. Also, and this grates on me, I don't think the zombie metaphor makes particular sense here.
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American cultural critic. One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory.

A high-school social studies teacher in Barrington, Rhode Island for six years, Giroux has held positions at Boston University, Miami University, and Penn
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