This talk argues that with the rise of market fundamentalism and the ensuing economic and financial meltdown, youth are facing a crisis unlike that of any other generation. Young people, especially poor minority youth, are no longer seen as a social investment but as a problem and, in some cases, disposable. Caught between the discourses of consumerism and a powerful crime-control-complex, young people are either viewed increasingly as commodities or are subjected to the dictates of an ever expanding criminal justice system. In this speech, I explore the current conditions of young people and their everyday experiences within an emerging governing through crime complex, the neoliberal politics of disposability, and the ever present market-driven forces of privatization and commodification. I also raise some important questions regarding the role that educators, in particular, might play in challenging the plight of young people while deepening and extending the promise of an aspiring democracy.
Henry A. Giroux holds the Global TV Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Canada. His most recent books include: The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (2007), Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability? (2009), Politics Beyond Hope (2010), Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror (2010).
When: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Where: De Paul Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield
Room 120 AB