In b /b b i Disturbing Pleasures /i /b Henry A. Giroux demonstrates how his well-known theories of education, critical pedagogy and popular culture can be put to use in the classroom and in other cultural settings. Adding an entirely new dimension to his thinking about the cultural sites at which pedagogical practice takes place, Giroux illustrates how professors, school teachers and other cultural workers can appropriate what he refers to as a "pedagogy of cultural studies." br br Using cultural texts rather than cultural theories as his point of departure, the first part of b /b b i Disturbing Pleasures /i /b showcases Giroux's unrivalled ability to identify a range of pedagogical activity occurring beyond the classroom--at the movies, in front of the television, even by glancing at provocative advertisements. His stinging analyses of cultural objects and subjects--the interracial Benetton ad campaign, the Disney empire, the New racism in films like i Grand Canyon, /i Whittle Communicationsand Julia Roberts' role in i Pretty Woman /i --extend the reach of his theory by illustrating how learning popular culture becomes intimately linked not only to issues of commercialism and consumerism but to forms of pleasure, possibility and struggle. br br The second part of the volume illustrates the multiple classroom applications of Giroux's theory. Choosing an accessible, even personal voice for this purpose, Giroux shares his own experiences as a teacher: how he conducts his classes, his struggles over the politics of his location as a teacher, writing exercises he organizes around popular culture and the texts he selects and interrogates. These personal reflections not only profile Giroux as a scholar equally committed to theory and practice, but more importantly, provide for educators and cultural workers valuable guidelines for thinking through the ways cultural texts can make a marked difference in the classrooms, educations and lives of students.
"Henry Giroux's new book is brilliant and fascinating. A valuable instrument in sorting through the indoctrinational labyrinth of our culture. I hope that it's widely read."
-Jonathan Kozol, author of "Savage Inequalities
""Disturbing Pleasures rewrites the relationship between pedagogy and popular culture in a unique and original way. . . "Disturbing Pleasures is a book that combines the insights of critical pedagogy, popular culture and cultural studies by bridging the relationhip bwetween theory and practice in aseries of analyses. Being one of the few books to expand the notion of critical pedagogy to the sphere of the popular as it works in and out of schools, and by both defining and demonstarating how critical pedagogy can be applied to cultural texts, this book will prove invaluable to a vast array of educators."
-Pepi Leistyna, "Harvard Educational Review
"Once again, Henry Giroux presents a thoughtful piece on critical pedagogy, schooling and popular culture. . . a penetrating analysis. . .."
-"The Journal of Educational Thought
"["Disturbing Pleasures] provides an insight into the ways on which professors, school teachers and other cultural workers can appropriate a pedagogy of cultural studies."
-"Leisure, Recreation and Touring Abstract