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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 Golden Era of Instructed Minorities

The Golden Era of Instructed Minorities

(p.180) Six The Golden Era of Instructed Minorities
The Reorder of Things

Roderick A. Ferguson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes how the emergence of cultural studies in the academe was regulated as power responded to the interventions of anticolonial, feminist, and antiracist movements. It looks at how the American academy and global capital adopted and renovated the regulations of representative democracy, how those institutions disciplined the critical formations and subjects that the race and gender movements inspired, and how capital and academy attempted to close the social universes that those movements worked to open up. The transformed global capital and the post-civil rights academy would, like their predecessors, selectively incorporate minoritized subjects in a neocolonialist narrative that would subjugate possible chances of reconfiguring the social landscape into a more inclusive, more broadly defined ideal. The social transformations sought by the student movements of the 1960s and 1970s may have convinced established institutions to accept change, but the latter have yet to accept difference.

Keywords:   student movements, American academy, global capital, minoritized subjects, representative democracy, social universes

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