Border Crossings: Cultural Workers and the Politics of Education

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Since 1992, Border Crossings has showcased Henry Giroux's extraordinary range as a thinker by bringing together a series of essays that refigure the relationship between post-modernism, feminism, cultural studies and critical pedagogy. With discussions of topics including the struggle over academic canon, the role of popular culture in the curriculum and the cultural war the New Right has waged on schools, Giroux identified the most pressing issues facing critical educators at the turn of the century. In this revised edition, Giroux reflects on the limits and possibilities of border crossings in the 21st century. "Borders" in our post 9/11 world have not been collapsing, he argues, but vigorously rebuilt. In order to have a truly critically engaged citizenry the challenges of these new "borders"- such as the increased militarization of public spaces, the rise of neo-liberalism, and the war in Iraq- must play a vital role in any debate on school and pedagogy.

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Henry A. Giroux holds the Global Television Network Chair in Communications at McMaster University. He is the author of over 30 books, 11 of which were published by Routledge.

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"Border Crossings is an enormously powerful and important book by one of the most intense and brilliant thinkers of our times. It is also an eminently accessible book and, in its interweaving of popular culture, contemporary politics, and moral vision, the writing speaks to a broad audience. Giroux has written heretofore chiefly as an educator. This time, he is speaking as a public citizen in the great tradition of American dissenters. I have always admired Giroux and profited greatly from his work; but this is certainly his most important and searching book. It ought to be read widely." -- Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities - 1992

"It is so rare for white male intellectuals to understand the importance of the problem of `race,' in addition to issues of ethnicity and post-coloniality. . . . In Border Crossings, Giroux puts his program across more convincingly than ever." -- Michele Wallace, author of Black Macho and Invisibility Blues

"With this work Giroux names his desire to meet across boundaries, declaring his political solidarity with postmodern feminist thought, anti-racist theory, and all who think critically about pedagogy. With clarity and insight, he writes about the points of connection, expanding the scope of critical pedagogy and inviting us to engage in a broad political project that is fundamentally radical--fundamentally democratic." -- Bell Hooks, Oberlin College, author of Ain't I a Woman? and Talking Back

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