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Out There addresses the question of cultural marginalization - the process through which various groups are excluded from access to and participation in the dominant culture. It is a wide-ranging anthology that juxtaposes diverse points of view on issues of gender, race, sexual preference, and class. It takes up the fundamental issues raised when we attempt to define concepts such as "mainstream" and "minority," and it opens up new ways of thinking about culture and representation in our society.
About the Editor
Russell Ferguson is Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs and Chief Curator at the University of California, Los Angeles, Hammer Museum.
"Out There collects classic essays - Monique Wittig's 'The Straight Mind,' Gayatri Spivak's 'Explanation and Culture: Matginalia' - as well as lesser-known pieces like Richard Rodriguez's 'Complexion,' all kicked off by Cornel West's brilliant polemic 'The New Cultural Politics of Difference.' This is a magnificent compendium of non-Eurocentric, non-heterosexist writing, a manual for what West calls 'intellectual and political freedom-fighters.'"