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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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The Proliferation of Minority Difference

The Proliferation of Minority Difference

(p.41) Two The Proliferation of Minority Difference
The Reorder of Things

Roderick A. Ferguson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter looks at how minority difference was being constituted as an affirmation for revolutionary forces within the United States as well as for capital, state, and academy. More specifically, the chapter analyzes how the U.S. nation-state and American capital in the 1960s used U.S. revolutionary movements to bolster the global standing of U.S. political economy. Particularly in the Lumumba-Zapata demonstration, the prevailing institutions within the United States had used various strategies that ultimately created a rift between minority groups instead of fostering the sense of community that had incited the protests to begin with. The larger hegemonic powers at play often managed insurgent articulations of minority difference, not by absolute suppression, but through selective revision and deployment. In line with these methods were programs and institutional formations designed to quell even the possibility of revolutionary fervor, such as prison expansion.

Keywords:   minority difference, United States, revolutionary forces, Lumumba-Zapata, prison expansion, institutional formations

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