By Roderick A. Ferguson

About Roderick A. Ferguson

Roderick A. Ferguson is Professor of Race and Critical Theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is coeditor with Grace Hong of Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization and the author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique and The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference.

Race

The study of race incorporates a set of wide-ranging analyses of freedom and power. The scope of those analyses has much to do with the broad application of racial difference to academic and popular notions of epistemology, community, identity, and the body. With regard to economic and political formations, race has shaped the meaning and profile of citizenship and labor. In relation to corporeality, race has rendered the body into a text on which histories of racial differentiation, exclusion, and violence are inscribed. Analyzed in terms of subjectivity, race helps to locate the ways in which identities are constituted.

Many of these insights are the intellectual effects of antiracist political struggles, particularly ones organized around national liberation and civil rights. In the United States, the minority movements of the 1950s and 1960s fundamentally changed the ways in which racial minorities thought about their identities and cultures and the ways that …

Embodiments, Methodologies, Power
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