To Question the Power is to ‘Cancel’ It

On Arjun Appadurai’s ‘Fear of Small Numbers’

Tucker Lieberman
3 min readNov 29, 2022

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Armor by Uwe Baumann from Pixabay

You’re a minority whenever you raise your hand in a meeting to disagree with the way the group is leaning. In that one political sense, as Arjun Appadurai explains in Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (2006), a “minority” is “not an ethical or cultural idea but a procedural one” that surrounds the…

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Tucker Lieberman

Editor for Prism & Pen. Author of the novel "Most Famous Short Film of All Time." https://tuckerlieberman.com/