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The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear

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Henry Giroux argues that the US is at war with young people. No longer seen as the future of a democratic society, youth are now derided by politicians looking for quick-fix solutions to crime and demonized by the popular media. This perception of fear and disdain is being translated into social policy. Instead of providing a decent education to young people, we offer them ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 7th 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 2003)
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Adam Fletcher
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The most important contribution to our collective work for social change by and with young people in recent years is not being talked about. Perhaps because it is the most dangerous. Truth is told, lies exposed, agendas revealed, and purpose questioned.

The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear was written by cultural theorist Henry Giroux. Giroux has been a scholar for 25 years, publishing more than 30 books and 250 scholarly arti
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Claire
Well, I wanted to like this book. Parts of it were really interesting. Parts of it introduced me to some new comcepts I found useful or enlightening. I agree with his ideas, but I wish he had laid them out more clearly. As it was, the book felt unfocused, meandering, and redundant. Two whole chapters were spent using movie plots to demonstrate issues with youth culture. Giroux referred repeatedly to "educators" and what they needed to do, but didn't make it entirely clear if he was talking about ...more
Michael
In The Abandoned Generation: Democracy beyond the Culture of Fear (2003), Henry A. Giroux argues “that the United States is at war with young people” who “have become the all important group onto which class and racial anxieties are projected” (xvi). Giroux writes that, “Instead of providing them with vibrant public spheres, we offer them a commercialized culture in which consumerism is the only obligation of citizenship” (xviii).

Giroux believes that educational public spheres are the places whe
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Randy
This book is definitely not for everyone. I got through it because I have an interest in sociology (especially youth issues) and it confirms and articulates some of my own beliefs. Otherwise, though, it's a bit of yawner.

By far its biggest limitation is the style. Henry Giroux is the "Waterbury Chair Professor of Secondary Education at Pennsylvania State University," which is evidently academic speak for "a guy massively in love with subordinate clauses." The guy can't keep a sentence under twen
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Dave
a very thoughtful and pointed set of essays.
while well supported arguments Giroux is clearly angry at someone...a lot to say but little in the way of solutions for his stated observed problems.
is it possible the 'corporatization' of everything is just what is to happen until we become an idiocracy? porbably not it may be an upswing in this misery we exist in... Giroux has made me feel very depressed.
Erin Luhks
Giroux gets me fired up about wanting to be a real educator again/someday. His word choice is extremely thoughtful and precise, and his ideas challenge me politically and ethically.
Allison Durham
Jun 26, 2009 Allison Durham marked it as possibilities
So far it's point on... we'll see what I think after I get through Chapter 1. :-)
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this is a tough read, required for a class i took, interesting
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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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