Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism

Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism

Book - 2011
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Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism capitalizes upon the popularity of zombies, exploring the relevance of the metaphor they provide for examining the political and pedagogical conditions that have produced a growing culture of sadism, cruelty, disposability, and death in America. The zombie metaphor may seem extreme, but it is particularly apt for drawing attention to the ways in which political culture and power in American society now operate on a level of mere survival. This book uses the metaphor not only to suggest the symbolic face of power: beginning and ending with an analysis of authoritarianism, it attempts to mark and chart the visible registers of a kind of zombie politics, including the emergence of right-wing teaching machines, a growing politics of disposability, the emergence of a culture of cruelty, and the ongoing war being waged on young people, especially on youth of color. By drawing attention to zombie politics and authoritarianism, this book aims to break through the poisonous common sense that often masks zombie politicians, anti-public intellectuals, politics, institutions, and social relations, and bring into focus a new language, pedagogy, and politics in which the living dead will be moved decisively to the margins rather than occupying the very center of politics and everyday life.
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, c2011
ISBN: 9781433112263
Branch Call Number: HN59.2 .G56 2011
Characteristics: viii, 168 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 23, 2014

In ancient times they called the witch doctors shamans, today they call the witch doctors, economists! Amazingly this author uses the same metaphor which has been occurring to me for quite some time (no insult intended). A really good book, as most Americans today really appear as zombies, militantly ignorant, carefully any serious thought or adult discussion, which they appear to either be incapable of, or thoroughly indoctrinated against? Zombie politicians and a zombie citizenry says it all!


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