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America on the Edge: Henry Giroux on Politics, Culture, and Education


reviewed by H. Svi Shapiro — January 29, 2007

coverTitle: America on the Edge: Henry Giroux on Politics, Culture, and Education
Author(s): Henry A. Giroux
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403971595 , Pages: 280, Year: 2006
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Henry Giroux’s aptly named recent book America on the Edge provides a searing and powerfully written view of this country six years into the current Bush administration. Writing from his “exile” in Canada, Giroux describes a nation that edges closer to a fascist state as more and more aspects of life are pervaded by an ethos of fear, conformity, authoritarianism, and militarism. The social spaces for dissent have become smaller, public life offers fewer opportunities to bring to bear a critical intelligence, and individuals’ lives are turned inwards towards private goals rather than shared concerns. Giroux’s brilliance as a critical theorist is not compromised in this volume, but his theoretical insights are fully amplified by his explorations of the way daily life, public policy, and political decisions have coalesced to produce an increasingly one-dimensional culture. Such a culture is fixated on profit; racial, class, and imperial power; and masculine violence.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 29, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12938, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 12:48:54 PM

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  • H. Svi Shapiro
    University of North Carolina, Greensboro
    SVI SHAPIRO is Professor of Education and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is the author of the recently published Losing Heart: The Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America's Children (Erlbaum, 2005). He is a member of the national board of the Network of Spiritual Progressives and a contributor to Tikkun magazine.
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