Henry Armand Giroux

Henry Armand Giroux
McMaster University | McMaster · Department of English & Cultural Studies

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Currently finishing my book, Insurrections: Education in the age of Counter-Revolutionary Politics, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2023

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Relevance of bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at a time when violence has become normalized and what these horrors can teach us about the dangers of the present violent age.
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One of the most important registers in measuring the democratic health of a society can be found in how it treats its youth. By any current standard, which includes the quality of public schools to laws that protect the health and well-being of young people, the United States is failing miserably. Youth, especially youth of color, are not only view...
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This paper is one of two which bring together leading educational researchers to consider some of the key challenges facing democracy and education during the twenty-first century, including rising social and economic inequality, political instability, and the existential threats of global pandemics and climate change. In this paper, key educationa...
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El objetivo del presente capítulo es analizar el potencial tránsito desde una pedagogía de la clausura a una pedagogía de las posibilidades en los sistemas educativos y sociales del presente. Con el foco en la Educación Superior, el presente trabajo esta dividido en tres apartados. En el primero se analiza cómo el orden educativo neoliberal ha estr...
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Authoritarianism is no longer imposed largely through military repression; it now takes place by undermining the public imagination and using culture and its various apparatuses to weaken civic literacy and the public institutions fundamental to civic culture. This article argues that in the 21st century democracy has become fragile. Under the onsl...
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This edited collection combines quantitative content and critical discourse analysis to reveal a shift in the rhetoric used as part of the neoliberal agenda in education. It does so by analysing, uncovering and commenting on language as a central tool of education. Focussing on vocabulary, metaphors, and slogans used in strategy documents, advertis...
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Edited by Emiliano Bosio, this volume includes chapters with Henry Giroux, Carlos Alberto Torres, Lynette Shultz, Sharon Stein, William Gaudelli, Vanessa Andreotti, Hans Schattle, Yusef Waghid, Douglas Bourn, Massimiliano Tarozzi, Miri Yemini, Maria Guajardo, Maureen Ellis, Silvia Moraes, Eduardo Moraes Arraut and Josefina Moraes Arraut. Conversati...
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This chapter discusses how global citizenship education (GCE) can progress and connect matters of theory and critique to pedagogical practices informed by critical pedagogy by making the most of civic valor as an approach to political challenges, allowing hope and politics to occupy a space defined by morals, values, and public actions that tackle...
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This chapter discusses how global citizenship education (GCE) can progress and connect matters of theory and critique to pedagogical practices informed by critical pedagogy by making the most of civic valor as an approach to political challenges, allowing hope and politics to occupy a space defined by morals, values, and public actions that tackle...
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The discourse of authoritarianism and the echoes of a fascist past resurface. In this context, higher education, beyond favoring practices of freedom, has become an instrumentalized institution in order to reproduce and legitimize dynamics of domination. This article questions this reactionary form of educational and pedagogical action, particularl...
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Updating critical ideas in the 21 st century to fight against the neoliberal machine: an interview with Professor Henry Giroux At the beginning of this interview, Henry Giroux speaks briefly of Paulo Freire's conception of education, and reports some moments of his relationship with him, from the academic partnership between them over several ye...
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This paper discusses the role of citizenship and political education in the contemporary society. It analyses the consequences of neoliberalism regarding its assault on the social sphere and its production of mass inequality around the world. We initiate the conversation by making education central to politics, culture as the key tool that helps us...
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The notion of a neutral, objective education is an oxymoron. Education and pedagogy do not exist outside of ideology, values and politics. Ethics, when it comes to education, demand an openness to the other, a willingnessto engage a “politics of possibility” through a continual critical engagement with texts, images, events and other registers of m...
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Expanding critical pedagogy as a mode of public pedagogy suggests being attentive to and addressing modes of knowledge and social practices in a variety of sites that not only encourage critical thinking, thoughtfulness and meaningful dialogue, but also offer opportunities to mobilize instances of moral outrage, social responsibility and collective...
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At its best education is dangerous because it offers young people and other actors the promise of racial and economic justice, a future in which democracy becomes inclusive and a dream in which all lives matter. In a healthy society universities should be subversive; they should go against the grain, and give voice to the voiceless, the unmentionab...
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Ante la pandemia global que afecta las realidades de la gran mayoría de personas a lo largo y ancho del mundo, en este artículo de reflexión se pone en tensión un principio central del sistema educativo en el marco del neoliberalismo: la responsabilidad individual es la única forma de abordar los problemas sociales y, por tanto, no hay necesidad de...
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In this wide ranging interview with educators from the University of Barcelona , Henry Giroux examines the Covid-19 crisis as part of more comprehensive crisis of politics and morality and what he calls pandemic pedagogy. Giroux argues that in a time of crisis, the relationship between language and politics becomes more vivid, if not urgent and as...
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In this chapter, Henry Giroux discusses how the architects and managers of extreme capitalism have used the crisis of economic inequality and its “manifestly brutal and exploitative arrangements” to sow social divisions and resurrect the discourse of racial cleansing and white supremacy. Giroux shows how neoliberalism is actually a set of values, i...
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The discourse of authoritarianism and the echoes of a fascist past resurface. In this context, higher education, beyond favoring practices of freedom, has become an instrumentalized institution in order to reproduce and legitimize dynamics of domination. This article questions this reactionary form of educational and pedagogical action, particularl...
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La pandemia actual de coronavirus es más que una crisis médica, es también una crisis política e ideológica. Una crisis que está fuertemente arraigada en años de negligencia de los gobiernos neoliberales que negaron la importancia de la salud pública y del bien común desfinanciando a las instituciones que los hicieron posible. Tenemos la oportunida...
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This article explores the political importance of embracing a notion of hope in a time of growing authoritarianism across the globe. It defines hope as the ability to both mobilize what might be called a democratic imaginary and a notion of hope rooted in a realistic assessment of what it means to engage in forms of struggle for economic and social...
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We live at a time when the terrors of life suggests the world has descended into darkness. The COVID-19 crisis has created a dystopian nightmare which floods our screens and media with images of fear. Bodies, doorknobs, cardboard packages, plastic bags, and the breath we exhale and anything else that offers the virus a resting place is comparable t...
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Educação política contra desigualdades e a cidadania para democracia: Revisão da literatura científica internacional após vinte anos de neoliberalismo (1999-2019) Formación política contra las desigualdades y ciudadanía para la democracia: una revisión de literatura científica internacional después de veinte años de neoliberalismo (Abstract: This p...
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Refleksje na temat neoliberalnego faszyzmu i skutków politycznych afery Kavanaugha Rethinking Neoliberal Fascism and the Politics of the Kavanaugh Affair CYTOWANIE Giroux Henry A. (2019). Refleksje na temat neoliberalnego faszyzmu i skutków politycz-nych afery Kavanaugha. "Studia Krytyczne" nr 7: 25-42. Nawet w najciemniejszych czasach mamy prawo d...
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In this paper, I explore the vital role that a culture of ignorance, illiteracy and dominant cultural apparatuses play in both undermining civic cultures and the institutions, such as higher education, that are crucial to the construction of critically engaged citizens. At the heart of this chapter is the claim that democracies cannot exist without...
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This forceful piece by a leading educational theorist, examines the ways in which democracy is under attack in the US by a combination of neoliberalism and white supremacist Trumpism. What we are witnessing is a mode of governing fuelled by fantasies of exclusion accompanied by a full-scale attack on morality, thoughtful reasoning and collective re...
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Talk of a fascist politics emerging in the United States is often criticized as either a naive exaggeration or a failure to acknowledge the strength of liberal institutions. Yet, the case can be made that rather than harbor an element of truth, such criticism further normalizes the very fascism it critiques, allowing the extraordinary and implausib...
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In this paper Henry Giroux, the US theorist of critical pedagogy, examines the treatment of immigrants in America likening it to fascism’s extreme nationalism. He draws a parallel between neoliberal capitalism and fascism to explain the suppression of freedom, anti-democratic sentiments and the growth of racism leading to a demonisation of the othe...
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The inability to learn from the past takes on a new meaning as a growing number of authoritarian regimes emerge across the globe. This essay argues that central to understanding the rise of a fascist politics in the United States is the necessity to address the power of language and the intersection of the social media and the public spectacle as c...
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La educación y el pensamiento crítico como estrategias fundamentales para consolidación de la democracia radical son el objeto de análisis del este artículo de reflexión. El cambio social y político junto a la esperanza educada se proponen como los ejes que permitirían construir un futuro no autoritario. Se argumenta que la pedagogía crítica es la...
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The purpose of this reflection paper is to analyze education and critical thinking as fundamental strategies for the consolidation of radical democracy. Social and political change, together with educated hope, are proposed as the main pillars to allow the construction of a non-authoritarian future. It is argued that critical pedagogy is the possib...
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In this interview, Prof. Henry Giroux engages with some of the most challenging issues associated with the neoliberal educational agenda. In the introductory part, he discusses neoliberalism’s different operating registers including the ‘war over ideas’. In particular, he examines how the neoliberal ideology came to dominate some of the commanding...
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For over two decades now, neoliberalism has been at the forefront of discussions not only in the economy and finance but has infiltrated our vocabulary in a number of areas as diverse as governance studies, criminology, health care, jurisprudence, education etc. Its economistic language associated with the promotion of effectiveness and efficiency...
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If the right‐wing billionaires and apostles of corporate power have their way, public schools will become “dead zones of the imagination”, reduced to anti‐ public spaces that wage an assault on critical thinking, civic literacy and historical memory. Market‐driven educational reforms exhibit contempt for teachers and distrust of parents, repress cr...
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Henry A. Giroux is one of the most respected and well-known critical education scholars, social critics, and astute observers of popular culture in the modern world. For those who follow his considerably influential work in critical pedagogy and social criticism, this first-ever collection of his classic writings, augmented by a new essay, is a mus...
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Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey as the director of the FBI caused a firestorm around the United States, but for the wrong reasons. Rather than see Trump’s actions as another example of the unraveling of a lawless and crooked government, the mainstream press largely focused on the question of whether Trump or Comey are lying, in spite of Trump’...
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This article argues that any viable notion of working class resistance will rest on reclaiming those narratives, historical memories, and elements of resistance that provide a sense of meaning, dignity, and working class courage. In too many instances, members of the working class are defined by their deficits, which are used to both depoliticize p...
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This is one of the first books to thoroughly critique the rise of Trumpism and its potential impact, nationally and globally. One of the world’s leading social critics, Giroux offers new critiques of Trump and his early Cabinet choices in the context of longer term trends, including the rise of right-wing populism, the threat of planetary peril, an...
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La idea del profesor como intelectual público ha suscitado innumerables debates en Estados Unidos en los últimos tiempos. Sin embargo, las administraciones de Bush y Reagan han estado a favor de un liderazgo educativo que limitara la autonomía de aquél y burocratizara la escuela. ¿Cuáles son, en definitiva, los fines a cuyo servicio debe estar la e...
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With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, the discourse of an authoritarianism and the echoes of a fascist past have moved from the margins to the center of American politics. A culture of war buttressed by the forces of white supremacy and militarization has been unleashed in a series of policies designed to return...
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Across the globe, a new historical conjuncture is emerging in which the attacks on higher education as a democratic institution and on dissident public voices in general – whether journalists, whistleblowers, or academics – are intensifying with sobering consequences. The attempts to punish prominent academics such as Ward Churchill, Steven Salaita...
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This article argues that at the root of the emerging authoritarianism is a crisis in memory, history, and civic literacy. As the social state is gutted those public spaces in which critical thought, thoughtfulness, and informed dialogue is produced are being erased. One consequence is that ideological forms of domination are being formed through a...
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This article looks at the ways in which Trump and Clinton expressed and reinforced what might be called hard and soft elements of neoliberal values and policies during their 2016 presidential campaigns, and how Trump accelerated such practices once elected president. While Trump's authoritarianism put him in a much more dangerous political category...
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Under the diverse regimes of neoliberalism, policy has become weaponized against those considered disposable in a market economy. While state repression is the default register for maintaining class control, austerity policies now function as a tool, not only to shift resources largely into the hands of the financial elite, but also to serve an ide...
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The performance of American politics, in the age of Donald Trump, has been reduced to a carnival of unbridled narcissism, deception, spectacle, and overloaded sensation. What happens to a democracy when it loses all semblance of public memory, and the welfare state and social contract are abandoned in order to fill the coffers of bankers, hedge fun...
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Working on from the understanding that youths have become a notable, if under-theorized object for power and violence in the everyday battlefields of the twenty-first century, this paper offers a rethinking of the politics of violence in the contemporary period. Moving beyond conventional understandings of the violence that neatly map it out in ter...
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At a time when the public good is under attack and there seems to be a growing apathy toward the social contract or any other civic-minded investment in public values and the larger common good, education has to be seen as more than a credential or a pathway to a job, and pedagogy as more than teaching to the test. Against pedagogies of repression...