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Public Spaces, Private Lives: Beyond the Culture of Cynicism


reviewed by Kenneth Saltman — 2003

coverTitle: Public Spaces, Private Lives: Beyond the Culture of Cynicism
Author(s): Henry A. Giroux
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742515532, Pages: 240, Year: 2001
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Henry Giroux’s Public Spaces, Private Lives appears at a time of seismic reversals that are occurring in the public sphere and the private sphere. While written before September 11th, the book has far more significance since that event. Pointing to the hollowing out of the state and the collapse of basic social guarantees and safety nets for the poor, working, and middle classes, Giroux provides an indispensable set of theoretical tools for analyzing how the state -- recalled from exile under the Bush administration -- is less a guardian of public interests and social provisions, than it is a repressive policing state, waging a war against dissent and basic civil liberties.  Giroux’s book explains how neoliberalism is undermining public culture and individual capacities to participate in civic life through its sustained attack on the public sector, the elevation of market-based individualism, and the rampant proliferation of a culture of cynicism.  This book marks a new phase in Giroux’s intellectual trajectory, and it intervenes in both public and academic... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 144-151
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10923, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 6:06:54 PM

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  • Kenneth Saltman
    DePaul University
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    KENNETH J. SALTMAN teaches in the Social and Cultural Foundations in Education Program at DePaul University. He is the author of Collateral Damage: Corporatizing Public Schools – a Threat to Democracy, Rowman & Littlefield (2000) and Strange Love, Or How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Market, Rowman & Littlefield (2002) (with Robin Truth Goodman). He is currently writing a parent's and activist’s guide to the Edison Schools and co-editing a book with David Gabbard titled Education as Enforcement that confronts the rising corporatization and militarization of public schools.
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