The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Social Science - 217 pages
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A second edition of this textbook is now available. This text involves students in understanding and using the 'tools' of critical social and literary theory from the first day of class. It is an ideal first introduction before students encounter more difficult readings from critical and postmodern perspectives. Nealon and Giroux describe key concepts and illuminate each with an engaging inquiry that asks students to consider deeper and deeper questions. Written in students' own idiom, and drawing its examples from the social world, literature, popular culture, and advertising, The Theory Toolbox offers students the language and opportunity to theorize rather than positioning them to respond to theory as a reified history of various schools of thought. Clear and engaging, it avoids facile description, inviting students to struggle with ideas and the world by virtue of the book's relentless challenge to common assumptions and its appeal to common sense.
 

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read this for school. it is sort of the beavis and butthead guide to theory. kind of cool/kind of not. it starts off comparing a Gang of Four song to theory. interesting approach. Read full review

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A great affirmation and manifesto for critical thought, from the very fundamentals of authorship and authority to its implications in logic, critical theory and more.

Contents

Why Theory?
1
Authority
9
Reading
21
Subjectivity
35
Culture
51
Multiculturalism
55
Popular Culture
59
Media Culture
70
Postcolonialism
140
Differences
157
Gender
164
Queer
170
Race
175
Class
180
Concluding Differences
186
Agency
193

Ideology
83
History
95
SpaceTime
109
Posts
125
Poststructuralism
131
Credits
207
Index
209
About the Authors
217
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Jeffrey T. Nealon teaches in the English department at Penn State University. He is author of several 'theory' books: Double Reading: Postmodernism after Deconstruction(1993), Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity(1998), and the co-edited collection Rethinking the Frankfurt School: Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique (2002). Susan Searls Giroux has a joint appointment in the English department and the College of Education at Penn State University. She is co-author, with Henry A. Giroux, of Selling Out Higher Education: Race, Youth, and the Crisis of Politics (2004) and co-editor of the Review of Education/Pedagogy/Cultural Studies.

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