Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism

Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism

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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. Giroux calls for a systemic alternative to zombie capitalism through a political and pedagogical imperative to address and inform a new cultural vision.

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The second edition of Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism examines the American “culture of cruelty” and everyday violence, from school violence to political deceit to mass hysteria promoted by media. Equating America’s obsession with zombies to a lack of hope and culture of despair, the author scrutinizes twenty-first century zombies on Wall Street and in political office who continue to promote authoritarianism and Social Darwinism, through which individuals and certain groups are considered disposable and easy prey. The author critiques the Obama administration, which espouses hope for the future, and yet has done little to change the survivalist culture that Americans have learned to live in. This book seeks to call attention to the everyday world that we live in and the politics and consumerism that define American culture. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Peter Lang, [2015]
Edition: 2nd edition
ISBN: 9781433127199
1433127199
Branch Call Number: 306.0973 G445z 2015
Characteristics: pages cm

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