2nd Annual Lecture:
Henry A. Giroux War On Youth
The critically acclaimed public intellectual Henry A. Giroux discusses the state sponsored assault being waged against young people across the globe, especially in the United States. For Giroux, what is no longer a hidden order of politics is that American society is at war with its children, and that the use of such violence against young people is a disturbing index of a society in the midst of a deep moral and political crisis. Only a fundamental rethinking of our political priorities can rescue us from this tragic foreclosure of hope. A close friend of the late Paolo Friere, Henry has made groundbreaking contributions to numerous fields, including education, critical theory, youth studies, media studies and public pedagogy. He currently occupies the Global TV network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
How is a culture of violence sustained? What lessons can we draw from the Sandy Hook Kindergarten Massacre about gun violence in the US? Can a national campaign against youth violence on its own eradicate this culture of gun violence? In her essay “No Magic Bullets,” Nancy Scheper-Hughes explains the complexities of this culture of gun violence, compares it to other examples of normalization of violence outside the US, and provides ways forward. She argues that censorship and self-censorship prevents a real and open debate on the meaning of the right to bear arms in the context of late modern society.
Michael Dillon is internationally regarded for his contributions by political philosophers, international relations scholars and security studies experts, as well as by philosophers more broadly. This book draws together some of his key works and is framed by an introductory Preface that features here. It is the first full-length work to draw on the insights and techniques of deconstruction to analyse international relations. Influenced primarily by Derrida, it critiques the cornerstones of international relations such as modernity, the state, the subject, security and ethics and justice.