June 10, 2012
Paradigm Publishers
Henry A. Giroux
The Twilight of the Social: Resurgent Politics in an Age of Disposability
Critical Interventions: Politics, Culture, and the Promise of Democracy
During a time of social upheaval abroad and labor protests in America, we should ask: why do citizens, especially young people, so seldom act to leverage their power, assemble for protests, and build organizations to reclaim the possibilities offered by a future in which democracy matters? Looking at a broad range of topics from youth and the promise of new media technologies, to declining funding of schools, the economic Darwinism of globalization, and the need for a formative democratic political culture--Henry Giroux's new book is a compelling account of the erosion in recent decades of the very idea of the social in America and in other societies.
Cover art: 'White Christmas', installation by Gottfried Helnwein


Henry Giroux draws up a convincing indictment of a society that sacrifices its youth and its education, and perhaps its future, on the alter of private gain. Giroux is a one-man indignation machine. We need more like him. --Russell Jacoby, UCLA, author of The Last Intellectuals and The End of Utopia

Henry Giroux has been the most consistent and outspoken defender and promoter of the life-prospects and human dignity of which young generations were robbed or which they were prevented to recognize as their birth rights. This book offers a profound analysis of the current state of the world and the chances of making it more hospitable to its newcomers--a warning and call to action. Obligatory reading to all of us who care, young and old alike. --Zygmut Bauman

Henry Giroux is one of our most important public intellectuals. Though he vividly describes the privatization of compassion, the rapid decline of higher education s commitment to democracy and shared notions of the public good, the force of Giroux's writings shows us we are not alone and there is power in his arguments of resistance. This is a vital book that needs to be read by all who are concerned by the death of the common good; it shows us how reason and compassion can triumph over neoliberalism's forms of social Darwinism. --David H. Price, Professor of Anthropology, St. Martin's University, and author of Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State

About the Author

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. He has published numerous books and articles and his most recent books include The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (2007) and Against the Terror of Neoliberalism (2008). The Toronto Star has named Henry Giroux one of the twelve Canadians changing the way we think! Read the article here: Twelve Canadians Changing the Way We Think
  • Series: Critical Interventions: Politics, Culture, and the Promise of Democracy
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612050565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612050560

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