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Making Sense of Critical/Cultural Theory in a Digital Age


Cameron McCarthy, Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer and Robert Mejia

The eighteen original essays in this collection, woven together, make a central claim: as a consequence of the new driving logics of globalization, transnationalism, and the digital age, all late-modern institutions and forms of association and affiliation are coalescing under the banner of new identities. These logics have unsettled the processes of the social integration of modern subjects into late-modern institutions. The modern subject is being remade and reproduced in a context in which the relations between government, society, the individual, and market forces have undergone profound transformations and reorganization. As such, critical/cultural theory is needed to address these transformations in a way that moves beyond dystopian or utopian frameworks, and instead point to the particularities that make this moment (un)livable. Hence, this book is divided into four sections in which contributors map these new, volatile developments across the domains of disciplinary history, technology, the body, and neoliberal programs of cultural and economic globalization.
Contents: Douglas M. Kellner: Foreword – Cameron McCarthy/Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer/Robert Mejia: Introduction: Mapping the New Terrain – Robert Mejia: Theory through Practice: A History of Cultural Studies – Ergin Bulut: Labor and Totality in «Participatory» Digital Capitalism – Carolyn Randolph: Seeing Red: Ruptured Identity and the Representation of Black American Women Living with HIV and AIDS – Cameron McCarthy: Reconstructing Race and Education in the Class Conquest of the City and the University in the Era of Neoliberalism and Globalization – Matthew Crain: The Cultural Logic of Search and the Myth of Disintermediation – Steven Doran: Freedom Devices: Neoliberalism, Mobile Technologies, and Governance – Stepehn Hocker: Glocal Transgender: Transgender Longing and Belonging in the Shadow of 9/11 – Alice Liao: Re-imagining Harvey Milk: Queering Identity Politics – Jungmin Kwon: From Masculinity to Cybermasculinity: Marginalizing the Other in «DCinside» – Crystal Thomas: Displaced Bodies and Governmentality: Lessons from the CHA Website – Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer: Body/Flesh of the Teacher in the Digital Age – Viviana Pitton: Understanding Neoliberalism and Its Implications for Contemporary Educational Policies – Rodrigo Britez: Traveling Policies: Mobility, Transformations and Continuities in Higher Education Public Policy – James Geary: M: A Critical Analysis of a Cultural Artifact – Michael A. Peters: Afterword: Manifesto for Education in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism.