By Susan Searls Giroux
Inquiring into the way forward for the college, Susan Giroux unearths a paradox on the middle of upper schooling within the post-civil rights period. even if we expect of "post-civil rights" as representing a colorblind or race transcendent triumphalism in nationwide political discourse, Giroux argues that our current is formed through continual "raceless" racism at domestic and everlasting civilizational warfare in a foreign country. She sees the college as a chief battleground during this ongoing fight. because the inheritor to Enlightenment beliefs of civic schooling, the college might be the establishment for the construction of an educated and reflective democratic citizenry dependable to and for the civic healthiness of the polity, a privileged web site devoted to loose and equivalent alternate within the pursuits of peaceable and democratic coexistence. And but, says Giroux, traditionally and presently the college has failed and keeps to fail during this function. among Race and cause engages the paintings of numerous intellectuals—Friedrich Nietzsche, W. E. B. Du Bois, Michel Foucault, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jacques Derrida and others—who problem the university's earlier and current collusion with racism and violence. The ebook enhances fresh paintings performed at the politics of upper schooling that has tested the results of college corporatization, militarization, and bureaucratic clarification by way of targeting the ways that those parts of a broader neoliberal undertaking also are racially triggered and promoted. while, it undertakes to visualize how the college might be reconceived as a uniquely privileged website for critique within the pursuits of modern-day pressing imperatives for peace and justice.
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Are there alternative intellectual traditions, modes of university organization, and visions of university leadership that might subvert such inclinations? On the one hand, each chapter in this book explores and engages the work of diverse intellectuals located within modernity’s canonical and counter traditions who challenge the academy’s ongoing collusion with racism, violence, militarization, and war as well as the complicity of scholars—historically and currently—in the perpetuation of the same.
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