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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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An Alternative Currency of Difference

An Alternative Currency of Difference

(p.227) Conclusion An Alternative Currency of Difference
The Reorder of Things

Roderick A. Ferguson

University of Minnesota Press

The conclusion closes this book with another piece of art: Black Currency, by Cedric Smith—an ironic picture of the prevalence of minority discourse within an institution of exclusivity. It is a situation that warrants change in the now, by exploring an alternate will to institutionality—one that searches for interpretative and institutional practices that will more likely protect and incite a dynamism around the meanings of minority culture and difference. This approach pays attention to the minor details within the larger social narrative, urging the reader to consistently push beyond the limits of archival knowledge. The use of an archival mode of power can challenge the intelligibility of established institutions; and pave the way for universities to shed their status as mere passive instruments of state power and conquest and become institutions of change.

Keywords:   minority culture, Black Currency, Cedric Smith, will to institutionality, universities, archival knowledge

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