Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism: Second Edition
Published by: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Imprint: Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers
Sales Date: 2023-04-27
Published: April 2023
Dimensions: 150.00 x 225.00
150.00 x 225.00 x 0.50 in
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In the second edition of Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, Henry A. Giroux uses the metaphor of the zombie to highlight how America has embraced a machinery of social and civil death that chills any vestige of a robust democracy. He charts the various ways in which the political, corporate, and intellectual zombies that rule America embrace death-dealing institutions such as a bloated military, the punishing state, a form of predatory capitalism, and an authoritarian, death-driven set of policies that sanction torture, targeted assassinations, and a permanent war psychology. The author argues that government and corporate paranoia runs deep in America. While maintaining a massive security state, the ruling forces promote the internalization of their ideology, modes of governance, and policies by either seducing citizens with the decadent pleasures of a celebrity-loving consumer culture or by beating them into submission. Giroux calls for a systemic alternative to zombie capitalism through a political and pedagogical imperative to address and inform a new cultural vision, mode of individual subjectivity, and understanding of critical agency. As part of a larger effort to build a broad-based social movement, he argues for a new political language capable of placing education at the center of politics. Connecting the language of critique to the discourse of educated hope he calls for the reclaiming of public spaces and institutions where formative cultures can flourish that nourish the radical imagination, and the ongoing search for justice, equality, and the promise of a democracy to come.
Acknowledgments – Preface: Dystopian Nightmares in the Age of Savage Politics – Introduction: Zombie Politics, Democracy, and the Threat of Authoritarianism – Zombie Politics and Other Late Modern Monstrosities in the Age of Disposability – The Politics of Lying and the Culture of Deceit in Obama’s America: The Rule of Damaged Politics – Zombie Language and the Politics of the Living Dead – Everyday Violence and the Culture of Cruelty: Entertaining Democracy’s Demise – Market-Driven Hysteria and the Politics of Death – Torturing Children: Bush’s Legacy and Democracy’s Failure: Salvos from the Culture of Cruelty – The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy – Zombie Politics and the Challenge of Right-Wing Teaching Machines: Rethinking the Importance of the Powell Memo – Town Hall Politics as Zombie Theater: Rethinking the Importance of the Public Sphere – Reclaiming Public Values in the Age of Casino Capitalism – No Bailouts for Youth: Broken Promises and Dashed Hopes – Zero Tolerance Policies and the Death of Reason: Schools and the Pedagogy of Punishment – Brutalizing Kids: Painful Lessons in the Pedagogy of School Violence – Tortured Memories and the Culture of War – Youth Beyond the Politics of Hope – In the Dead Zone of Capitalism – Disimagination Machines and Punishing Factories in the Age of Zombie Capitalism – Index.