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The Abandoned Generation: Democracy Beyond the Culture of Fear

"A marvelous hard-driving book that digs deep and rips away a lot of bunk and has the power of a moral and sophisticated manifesto."--Jonathan Kozol

"The Abandoned Generation is a landmark text that offers critique and compassion in equally edifying measure."--Michael Eric Dyson

"...should not be missed by anyone who works with children as a teacher, parent, or social worker."--Michael Payne, The Sunbury Item

"In his bold new book Henry Giroux confronts the terror and culture of fear that shapes life in a post 9/11 era. Giroux imagines a utopian project, a progressive vision of hope in an age of violence and terror, radical dreams of care and concern for an abandoned generation. A radical, performative American cultural studies come of age with this work." -- Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Book Description
Henry Giroux argues that the US is at war with young people. No longer seen as the future of a democratic society, youth are now derided by politicians looking for quick-fix solutions to crime and demonized by the popular media. This perception of fear and disdain is being translated into social policy. Instead of providing a decent education to young people, we offer them the increasing potential of being incarcerated. Instead of guaranteeing them decent health care, we serve them more standardized tests. There's a war on in the US these days, and Giroux sees our youth as the target.From the Publisher

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