Disposable Futures makes the case that we have not just become desensitized to violence, but rather, that we are being taught to desire it.


From movies and other commercial entertainment to “extreme” weather and acts of terror, authors Brad Evans and Henry Giroux examine how a contemporary politics of spectacle—and disposability—curates what is seen and what is not, what is represented and what is ignored, and ultimately, whose lives matter and whose do not. 


Disposable Futures explores the connections between a range of contemporary phenomena: mass surveillance, the militarization of police, the impact of violence in film and video games, increasing disparities in wealth, and representations of ISIS and the ongoing terror wars. Throughout, Evans and Giroux champion the significance of public education, social movements and ideas that rebel against the status quo in order render violence intolerable. 

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Media Articles


B. Evans & Henry A. Giroux, Challenging a Disposable Future (TruthOut 10th May: 2015) 


Brad Evans, As we remember the atrocities of the 20th Century, we must change the way we think about violence (The Independent, 4th Feb: 2014)


Brad Evans & Adrian Parr, Are Some Lives Disposable? (Al Jazeera, 14th Feb: 2014)


Brad Evans & Adrian Parr, Turning a Blind Eye to the Political Promise of the Financial Crises (The World Financial Review, March: 2014)


Brad Evans, Zygmunt Bauman’s Warning from History (Social Europe, 31st March: 2014)


Brad Evans & Henry A. Giroux, Disposable Futures (TruthOut, 1st June: 2014)

Gustavo Esteva with Brad Evans, Violence & Hope in Chiapas: Pedagogies by the Globally Oppressed (TruthOut, 1st July: 2014)

Disposable Futures

The Seduction of Violence in Age of Spectacle