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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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Immigration and the Drama of Affrmation

Immigration and the Drama of Affrmation

(p.147) Five Immigration and the Drama of Affrmation
The Reorder of Things

Roderick A. Ferguson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the intimate relationship between the history of immigration and the antiracist movements of the 1960s. Though often taken for granted and deemed in some ways unsympathetic to the problems of the local minorities, the immigrants are in fact deeply implicated in U.S. racial discourse following the sixties. With the passing of the 1965 Immigration Act and the emergent antiracist movements, the immigrants were given special focus by the U.S. government, in terms of participating, however unwittingly, in social experiments and archival operations designed to reinforce the hegemony. The academy is the ideal site for exploration in this case, as student migrants are engaged in politics of affirmation, whereby the institution supports minority affirmation as a way of regulating the constructive and destructive effects the immigrant communities place upon state power.

Keywords:   immigration, antiracist movements, Immigration Act 1965, U.S. government, minority affirmation, immigrant communities

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