Impure Acts: The Practical Politics of Cultural Studies

Impure Acts: The Practical Politics of Cultural Studies

Impure Acts: The Practical Politics of Cultural Studies

Impure Acts: The Practical Politics of Cultural Studies

Synopsis

Henry A. Giroux challenges the contemporary politics of cynicism by addressing a number of issues including the various attacks on cultural politics, the multicultural discourses of academia, the corporate attack on higher education, and the cultural politics of the Disney empire.

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What does it mean to take seriously, in our present conjuncture, the thought that cultural politics and questions of culture, of discourse, of metaphor are absolutely deadly political questions?

—Stuart Hall, “Subjects in History: Making Diasporic Identities”

The crisis of political culture

Within the current historical conjuncture, cultural issues appear to dominate the American political landscape, but in a framework that might best be described as schizophrenic. Viewed as a sphere of impressive technological inventiveness, on the one hand, and a terrain beset by the increasing contradictions of democracy on the other, culture is both celebrated and scorned. in the first instance, there is the general recognition that the new technologies of culture, obvious in all things electronic and computer based, have radically altered the traditional relationship between science and progress, on one hand,

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