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The Reorder of ThingsThe University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference$
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Roderick A. Ferguson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672783

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672783.001.0001

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Affrmative Actions of Power

Affrmative Actions of Power

(p.1) Introduction Affrmative Actions of Power
The Reorder of Things

Roderick A. Ferguson

University of Minnesota Press

The introduction discusses the origins of interdisciplinary fields as construed from student-produced discourse concerning the academe, such as the collage featured prominently throughout this section—African American philosopher and conceptual artist Adrian Piper’s Self-Portrait 2000. The piece is an archive of student movements and their outcomes—a poststructuralist discourse that the likes of Foucault, Derrida, and so on have taken for granted. Minority insurgence within the academic context—in itself an expression of power relations inherent in the larger scopes of state, power, and academy—become a site of calculation and strategy that would benefit these institutions’ “aims and objectives,” as Foucault would put it. Institutions are, after all, more than just buildings and paperwork—they are also modes of interpretation that create community.

Keywords:   Self-Portrait 2000, student movements, interdisciplinary fields, Foucault, minority insurgence, institutions, poststructuralist

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