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The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear

reviewed by Rebecca Gajda - 2004

coverTitle: The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear
Author(s): Henry Giroux
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403961387, Pages: 234, Year: 2003
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If there were a litmus test for measuring the level of cultural toxicity for youth and people of color in the United States, the results would be off the charts. Henry Giroux drives this point home in his latest book The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear.† In his book Giroux embeds powerful statistics and examples from popular media to make a compelling case that children across the country, but particularly those of minority status, are victims of what amounts to domestic terrorism. However, The Abandoned Generation goes much further than exposing the plight of the young in America.† As its subtitle suggests, the book delves into the tectonic cultural shifts that have occurred over the past 20 years and that have had bleak consequences for a democratic society. These shifts, which include a veneration of the market at the expense of the polis, and the adulation of individualism at the expense of collectivism, have advanced a repressive and fear-based state whereby the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 383-386
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11188, Date Accessed: 6/18/2021 5:35:33 PM

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  • Rebecca Gajda
    The University of Vermont
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    REBECCA GAJDA is an assistant professor in the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. Currently, Dr. Gajda teaches graduate courses in the Secondary Education and Educational Leadership programs at UVM and is the Principal Investigator for the evaluation of a Safe Schools/Healthy Students federal initiative. Dr. Gajda is a former public secondary school social studies teacher. As an active member of Vermontís High Schools on the Move Design Team, Dr. Gajda strives to cultivate democratic teaching and learning practices in the public schools. She is under contract with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) to write a practitioner-oriented book on successful grant acquisition and effective project implementation, and has several writing projects about democracy, education, and the philosophic orientation of teachers in the works.
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