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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 Reorder of Things

Roderick A. Ferguson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers how the increasing interest in and institutional emergence of ethnic studies created links between dominant institutions of knowledge and local communities. Showing how those links made the academy and local communities overlapping formations, the chapter rebuts arguments that read the university and “the people” as mutually exclusive and counters propositions that delink the history of the interdisciplinary fields from the history of the modern academy. The origin tales spun by African American studies in particular would represent the start of academic interest in minority culture. Subsequent academic forays into this would eventually foster a strong sense of history and culture within the minorities, yet such an innovation would subtly defy its own promises of liberation by offering the dominant powers with another way to regulate minority difference.

Keywords:   African American studies, minority culture, ethnic studies, liberation, modern academy history, interdisciplinary fields

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