ERIC Number: EJ996814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
"Young People Are No Longer at Risk--They Are the Risk": Henry Giroux's "Youth in a Suspect Society"
McClennen, Sophia A.
Policy Futures in Education, v10 n6 p642-646 2012
This article analyzes Henry Giroux's recent book Youth in a Suspect Society: democracy or disposability? (Palgrave, 2009) and situates it within his post-9/11 critical interventions. Giroux has focused his recent work on theorizing, critiquing and challenging the confluence of militarization, corporatization and right-wing ideology that has characterized US society post 9/11. Giroux's post-9/11 books take up a central concern--higher education, raced biopolitics, media spectacles, neoliberalism--but that central concern is understood within a larger matrix of interconnected forces that have all combined in recent years to create a major threat to the future of democracy in this nation. To that end, this essay surveys how Youth in a Suspect Society analyzes the ways that post-9/11 US society has transformed its understanding of youth from promise and potential to suspect and commodity.
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Democratic Values, Disadvantaged Youth, Youth Opportunities, Youth Problems, Social Influences, Social Justice, Social Responsibility, Ideology, At Risk Persons, Social Change, Textbook Content, Critical Theory, Political Attitudes, Educational Philosophy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States