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University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex

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President Eisenhower originally included 'academic' in the draft of his landmark, oft-quoted speech on the military-industrial-complex. Giroux tells why Eisenhower saw the academy as part of the famous complex - and how his warning was vitally prescient for 21st-century America. Giroux details the sweeping post-9/11 assault being waged on the academy by militarization, ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published July 2nd 2007 by Routledge (first published June 28th 2007)
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Ioana
After the first (and only truly substantive chapter), I would have given this work 4 stars; having (with difficulty) swallowed the next three chapters, I had to revise this rating down to 2 stars.

In the first part of the book, Giroux makes a compelling argument that institutionalized forms of academics have succumbed to the national security state and to a mythico-masculine idealization of American imperialism. Giroux writes that this military-industrial-academic complex has taken over American
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Jeff
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Though Giroux echoes a liberal standard in criticizing the militarization and corporatization of higher education, his prose is often redundant, long-winded, and full, of, friggin, commas.

Listen, Giroux's commentary cannot be understood as anything less than patriotic; his sense of the sincere problems within our capitalistic militarized state are legitimate and his research substantiates his claims. It's really just the writing.

I would recommend a better read in Christopher Newfield's Unmaking
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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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