Reorder of Things The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference

ISBN-10: 0816672792
ISBN-13: 9780816672790
Edition: 2012
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 11/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

In the 1960s and 1970s, minority and women students at colleges and universities across the United States organized protest movements to end racial and gender inequality on campus. African American, Chicano, Asia American, American Indian, women, and queer activists demanded the creation of departments that reflected their histories and experiences, resulting in the formation of interdisciplinary studies programs that hoped to transform both the university and the wider society beyond the campus.InThe Reorder of Things, however, Roderick A. Ferguson traces and assesses the ways in which the rise of interdisciplines—departments of race, gender, and ethnicity; fields such as queer studies—were not simply a challenge to contemporary power as manifest in academia, the state, and global capitalism but were, rather, constitutive of it. Ferguson delineates precisely how minority culture and difference as affirmed by legacies of the student movements were appropriated and institutionalized by established networks of power.Critically examining liberationist social movements and the cultural products that have been informed by them, including works by Adrian Piper, Toni Cade Bambara, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Zadie Smith,The Reorder of Thingsargues for the need to recognize the vulnerabilities of cultural studies to co-option by state power and to develop modes of debate and analysis that may be in the institution but are, unequivocally, not of it.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Affirmative Actions of Power
The Birth of the Interdisciplines
The Proliferation of Minority Difference
The Racial Genealogy of Excellence
The Reproduction of Things Academic
Immigration and the Drama of Affirmation
The Golden Era of Instructed Minorities
Administering Sexuality; or, The Will to Institutionality
Conclusion: An Alternative Currency of Difference
Notes
Index

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