Take Back Higher Education

Race, Youth, and the Crisis of Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Era

  • Authors
  • Henry A. Giroux
  • Susan Searls Giroux

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Why Taking Back Higher Education Matters

    1. Henry A. Giroux, Susan Searls Giroux
      Pages 1-12
  3. Pedagogy and the Promise of Democracy in the University

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Henry A. Giroux, Susan Searls Giroux
      Pages 15-51
    3. Henry A. Giroux, Susan Searls Giroux
      Pages 89-125
  4. Higher Education and the Politics of Race

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Henry A. Giroux, Susan Searls Giroux
      Pages 129-167
  5. Incorporating Education and Shredding the Social Contract

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Henry A. Giroux, Susan Searls Giroux
      Pages 249-285
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 287-324

About this book


At the beginning for the new millennium, higher education is under siege. No longer viewed as a public good, higher education increasingly is besieged by corporate, right-wing and conservative ideologies that want to decouple higher education from its legacy of educating students to be critical and autonomous citizens, imbued with democratic and public values. The greatest danger faced by higher education comes from the focus of global neo-liberalism and the return of educational apartheid. Through the power of racial backlash, the war on youth, deregulation, commercialism, and privatization, neo-liberalism wages a vicious assault on all of those public spheres and goods not controlled by the logic of market relations and profit margins. Take Back Higher Education argues that if higher education is going to meet the challenges of a democratic future, it will have to confront neo-liberalism, racism, and the shredding of the social contract.


cultural studies democracy education higher education politics university

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