Stormy Weather Katrina and the Politics of Disposability

ISBN-10: 1594513295

ISBN-13: 9781594513299

Edition: 2013

Authors: Henry A. Giroux

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In his newest provocative book, prominent social critic Henry A. Giroux shows how the tragedy and suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina signals a much larger crisis in the United States'one that threatens the very nature of individual freedom and inclusive democracy. This crisis extends far beyond matters of leadership, governance, or the Bush administration. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart of democracy and must be understood within a broader set of antidemocratic forces that not only made the social disaster underlying Katrina possible, but also contribute to an emerging authoritarianism in the United States. Questions regarding who is going to die and who is going to live are driving a new form of authoritarianism in the United States. Within this form of "dirty democracy" a new and more insidious set of forces'embedded in our global economy'have largely given up on the sanctity of human life, rendering some groups as disposable and privileging others. Giroux offers up a vision of hope that creates the conditions for multiple collective and global struggles that refuse to use politics as an act of war and markets as the measure of democracy. Making human beings superfluous is the essence of totalitarianism, and democracy is the antidote in urgent need of being reclaimed. Katrina will keep the hope of such a struggle alive because for many of us the images of those floating bodies serve as a desperate reminder of what it means when justice, as the lifeblood of democracy, becomes cold and indifferent.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Henry A. Giroux is the well-known author of numerous books and articles on society, education, and political culture. He is Waterbury Chair of Education at Pennsylvania State University and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

Acknowledgments
Katrina and the Biopolitics of Disposability
Rethinking Biopolitics
Biopower and the Politics of Disposability
Neoliberalism in Dark Times
The Biopolitics of Poverty and Race
Conclusion
Dirty Democracy and State Authoritarianism
Dirty Democracy in America
Market Fundamentalism and the Ethos of Privatize or Perish
Religious Fundamentalism and the New Conservatism
The Attack on Critical Thought and Dissent
The Politics of Cronyism and the Return of Old-Style Racism
The Militarization of America
The Struggle for an Oppositional Biopolitics
Notes
Index
About the Author
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