interrogation as to whether they do or do not contribute salient critiques of
modernity and modern theory, useful postmodern theories, methods, modes of
writing, and cultural criticism, and a new postmodern politics. In each study of
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
First published in 1997, this volume asks: when was 'The Postmodern' in the History of Management Thought? Marta B. Calás and Linda Smircich have chosen this subtitle as entry point to the collection for several reasons.
Author: Linda Smircich
First published in 1997, this volume asks: when was 'The Postmodern' in the History of Management Thought? Marta B. Calás and Linda Smircich have chosen this subtitle as entry point to the collection for several reasons. The first, and most evident, is that it prompts us to reflect on the inclusion of a volume on postmodern organization studies within a series of books on the history of management thought. What does such inclusion signal? Are we saying that we are past the postmodern in organization studies? That we have transcended modernity and, beyond, postmodernity? Similar to other social sciences, organization and management studies in the Anglo-American and European academy became impressed by the styles of 'postmodernism' and their epistemological companions, 'poststructuralisms', during the 1980s. For this collection we have selected twenty two journal articles, published between 1985 and 1996, that we consider emblematic of postmodern endeavours in management thought, as they further our understanding of how 'truth' (of any paradigmatic persuasion), is fashioned through particular discourses and other signifying practices. Taken together, these articles address the following questions: What has the field accomplished through attempts at being postmodern? With what consequences? And, where does the field stand now, if it is still/already (going) after 'the postmodern'? In our view 'the postmodern' cannot transcend modern management thought; it is, rather, part of it. Nevertheless, the mere appearance of efforts towards making the field 'postmodern' makes it important to account for them in the history of the field. Such is the narrative that we are trying to portray in this volume.
Like other fields, the relationship between postmodern theory and biblical studies
is complicated—the journey has at times been rocky and the terms of
engagement continue to shift and move. And yet, despite the occasional grumble,
there is ...
Author: Andrew P. Wilson
In Critical Entanglements: Postmodern Theory and Biblical Studies, Andrew P. Wilson tracks the various strands of postmodernism threaded through the discipline, drawing on a range of evocative biblical readings as well as key examples from the art world.
INTRODUCTION 5 5 view I espouse in this book is that the political success of postmodern theory is possible only if it is articulated in conjunction with a focus
on the commodity and class dynamics of capitalism. That is to say,
Author: Matthew Flisfeder
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category: Performing Arts
Matthew Flisfeder introduces readers to key concepts in postmodern theory and demonstrates how it can be used for a critical interpretation and analysis of Blade Runner, arguably 'the greatest science fiction film'. By contextualizing the film within the culture of late 20th and early 21st-century capitalism, Flisfeder provides a valuable guide for both students and scholars interested in learning more about one of the most significant, influential, and controversial concepts in film and cultural studies of the past 40 years. The "Film Theory in Practice" series fills a gaping hole in the world of film theory. By marrying the explanation of film theory with interpretation of a film, the volumes provide discrete examples of how film theory can serve as the basis for textual analysis. Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner offers a concise introduction to Postmodernism in jargon-free language and shows how this theory can be deployed to interpret Ridley Scott's cult film Blade Runner.
Theory at the Speed of Light Steve Redhead. book's claim that we have never
been postmodern is no paean to the idea that there is no modernity or that
modernity is itself coming to an end (Sim 2010). Conversely, the argument is that
Author: Steve Redhead
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Category: Social Science
Is it possible that various disciplines, theorists and cultural commentators have been hurtling down a blind alley in the last thirty years, searching for the holy grail of the postmodern? What if, after all, we have never have been postmodern? Or what if we are, instead, now living 'after postmodernity'? As global culture rushes off the cliff of catastrophe with its neo-liberal, neo-conservative ideologies mangled in the process, this book provides theory at the speed of light designed to capture the fast flickering images of the real, gone before you can blink in today's accelerated culture.
Thus, we now examine postmodern alternatives that lie in ethnography, semiotics
, deconstructionism, ethnomethodology, postmodern cultural critique, and “
relationalist” theories of organizations. Postmodern Perspectives Ethnography is
Author: David Boje
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Category: Business & Economics
This thought-provoking critique of postmodern theory provides an overview of issues as they relate to management and organization theory and its history, and assembles a variety of important works on postmodern philosophy - including feminist and cultural postmodern philosophies. Addressing the future of the postmodern influence on management and organization theory and method, the book also establishes an agenda for future research.
An immediate question raised itself, however, as to whether there is not a
problem in wanting to write Foucault into organization theory. On reflection it
became clear to me that this could simply result in another perspective in
Author: Stephen Linstead
Category: Business & Economics
Focuses on a major philosopher who has had, or should have, a major influence on organization theory.
Part 1: What is a postmodern narrative? Postmodern narrative theory, as a
phrase, presents an awesome trinity, a grouping of terms and relations that
produces complex questions from the start. This is a book about three things that
have to be ...
Author: Mark Currie
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Category: Literary Criticism
How have developments in literary and cultural theory transformed our understanding of narrative? What has happened to narrative in the wake of poststructuralism? What is the role and function of narrative in the contemporary world? In this revised, updated and expanded new edition of an established text, Mark Currie explores these central questions and guides students through the complex theories that have shaped the study of narrative in recent decades. Postmodern Narrative Theory, Second Edition: • establishes direct links between the workings of fictional narratives and those of the non-fictional world • charts the transition in narrative theory from its formalist beginnings, through deconstruction, towards its current concerns with the social, cultural and cognitive uses of narrative • explores the relationship between postmodern narrative and postmodern theory more closely • presents detailed illustrative readings of known literary texts such as Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and now features a new chapter on Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello and Slow Man. Approachable and stimulating, this is an essential introduction for anyone studying postmodernism, the theory of narrative or contemporary fiction.
Sandra Harding ( 1986a ) writes of three feminist epistemologies - empiricism ,
standpoint , and postmodernism . Neither list of approaches exhausts the
possibilities of analysis in its respective field , as each writer notes . But silences
fill most ...
Author: Christine Sylvester
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Political Science
These draw attention to an identity politics in our theories that often resists debate. Christine Sylvester elaborates a feminist method of empathetically cooperative conversation which can help us to appreciate practices in international relations that challenge the foundations of the field. She illustrates that method with reference to the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp (in the UK) and the efforts of Zimbabwean women to negotiate international funding for their local producer cooperatives
Theory. after. Postmodernism. 1. I use postmodernism to mark a point, c. 1980,
after which it was necessary for critical theorists, in their engagement of
contemporary ideas, to address the thesis of postmodernity as it was represented
in the ...
Author: P. Nickel
Category: Political Science
In a series of interviews this book explores the formative experiences of a generation of critical theorists whose work originated in the midst of what has been called 'the postmodern turn,' including discussions of their views on the evolution of critical theory over the past 30 years and their assessment of contemporary politics.
As long as such actions are not based on theories premised on certitude or result
in certitude, remaining open to question and criticism throughout, a postmodernist can function in a world of overwhelming choice and perhaps be
Author: Fenwick W. English
Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher
Based on nearly a decade of scholarship, this is a highly focused book on the implications of postmodernism for the construction and assessment of theory and practice in educational administration. Current ideas of practice are deconstructed, from the notions of sound research to the use of national standards in the preparation of educational leaders along with ways of examining and resolving the theory-practice gap. Part One of the book contains chapters dealing with the rise of postmodernism and describes its broad-based dissent from a century of thought in the field, including a penetrating examination of whether the concept of a field itself is viable. Part Two of the book explores the many ramifications of postmodernism to practice, beginning with ideas concerning educational research. These chapters tackle the tough issues of the efficacy of the Interstate Leaders Licensure Standards (ISLLC) and the national exam as examples of job deskilling and deprofessionalization in the guise of raising standards of preparation of future educational leaders. Other chapters deal with deconstructing the popular managerial ideas contained in Stephen Covey's works and dispute Joe Murphy's call for a new center of gravity in the field as reinforcing the status quo. Finally, the book tackles the issue of the theory-practice gap and indicates that new and progressive theories which anticipate problems of practice are what is required to deal with this persistent issue. The book contains many helpful exhibits in understanding the issues concerning theory and practice, as well as a glossary of terms most commonly found in postmodern discourse. This book is designed for college and university programs engaged in the preparation of educational leaders for ele-mentary/secondary schools and college administrative positions.
The object of teaching Rhetoric is not theoretical but practical, as propadeutic to
composition and literature, and the undergraduate course should suffice for this.
The graduate course should be literature itself, which has no limit, (xxii-xxx) ...
Author: Gary A. Olson
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Composition Theory for the Postmodern Classroom is a collection of the most outstanding articles published in the Journal of Advanced Composition over the last decade. Together these essays represent the breadth and strength of composition scholarship that has fruitfully engaged with critical theory in its many manifestations. In drawing on the critical discourses of philosophers, feminists, literary theorists, African Americanists, cultural theorists, and others, these compositionists have enriched discourse in the field, broadened intellectual conceptions of the multiple roles and functions of discourse, and opened up an infinite number of questions and new possibilities for composition theory and pedagogy.
Victor J. Vitanza, "Three Countertheses: Or, A Critical In(ter)vention into
Composition Theories and Pedagogies" I love ... I place it at the end of my
graduate introduction to composition theory when we turn to postmodern
rhetorics of writing.
Negation theory, asI have already noted, concerns itself with the expression ofthe
negativeasa signifier forwhatcannot besaid by language, yetwhich nonetheless
has anineluctable presence in language. Negation is the privative in language ...
Author: D. Fischlin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Literary Criticism
Negation, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Textuality features 14 new essays by leading specialists in critical theory, comparative literature, philosophy, and English literature. The essays, which present wide-ranging historical considerations of negation in light of recent developments in poststructuralism and postmodernism, range over many of the siginificant texts in which negation figures prominently. The book includes a wide-ranging introductory chapter that examines how attention to negation -- the inescapable nescience that is posited in any and every linguistic expression -- enhances the hermeneutic possibilities present in language. In addition, the four sections of the book bring together major critical interventions on, among others, negative meaning, unrecognizability, elenctic negation, apocalypse, nihilism, negation and gender, and denegation. All the essays involve close attention to key texts by major authors, including William Shakespeare, Henry James, Federico García Lorca, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, Walt Whitman, E.M. Forster, Mary Shelley, Margaret Atwood, Roland Barthes, Douglas Barbour, Paul de Man, bp Nichol, Jacques Derrida, and Dogen Kigen. The volume opens up new areas in critical theory, comparative literature, and the philosophy of language, and defines a major new area of inquiry in relation to notions of postmodern textuality. Critical theorists, students of comparative literature, English literature, and the history of ideas, and those interested in the hermeneutic implications of postmodernism will find this volume of substantial interest. Its extensive bibliographical apparatus and index make the collection a valuable reference tool for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students as well as for those seeking a variety of interpretive approaches to the problem of negation in literature.
Postmodern. Social. Theory. The status of theory could not be anything but a
challenge to the real. (Baudrillard, 1988a: 98-100) Not surprisingly, because of
their commitments to a 'modernist founda- tionalist project' (Frank, 1987: 295; ...
Author: Norman K K Denzin
By using a series of studies of contemporary mainstream Hollywood movies - "Blue Velvet, Wall Street, Crimes and Misdemeanors, When Harry Met Sally, Sex Lies and Videotape, Do the Right Thing "- Norman Denzin explores the tension between ideas of the postmodern, and traditional ways of analyzing society. The discussion moves between two forms of text: social theory and cinematic representations of contemporary life. Denzin analyzes the ideas of society embedded in poststructuralism, postmodernism, feminism, cultural studies and Marxism through the ideas of key theorists like Baudrillard, Barthes, Habermas, Jameson, Bourdieu and Derrida. He relates these to the problematic of the postmodern self as exposed in cinema centering on the decisive performance of race, gender and class.
CHAPTER 10 " Where's It At ? " : Postmodern Theory and the Contemporary
Musical Field David Brackett When the real is no longer what it was , nostalgia
assumes its full meaning . - Jean Baudrillard , " The Precession of Simulacra " [
1981 ] ...
Author: Jane Piper Clendinning
Publisher: Psychology Press
These essays on postmodernism and music include topics such as the importance of technology and marketing in postmodern music, the appropriation and reworking of Western music by non-Western bands, and issues of music and race...
College Park, Maryland, USA Introduction The objective in this chapter is to re-
assess the state of postmodern social theory in sociology (or at least a small
portion of it1) after the passage of some years since a book (Ritzer, 1997), and an
Author: Jason L. Powell
Publisher: Nova Publishers
Category: Social Science
There has been an array of literature on the notion of 'postmodernism' in social science literature in recent years. This exciting book focuses on three broad continuities: one, debunking the central theoretical tenets of postmodernism with reference to identity, methodology, governance and modernist theory; two, the book engages with current social issues and events in popular culture: for example, film; professional power, masculinity and terrorism; three, the book also rethinks postmodernism in light of under-researched variables of analysis of time and ageing, the 'body', 'biology' and 'choice'.
the theoretical apparatus of critical theory and its concrete deconstruction of a
televisual "reality." Although, as I noted before, postmodern theory lacks a
progressive philosophy of history, it usefully draws attention to lifeworld-
Author: Ben Agger
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Political Science
We are not yet at a moment that could be called postmodernity, and may never be, says leading sociologist Ben Agger in his newest book. Modernity is still our history, our framework. Nevertheless, Agger shows how postmodern theory can enhance understanding of the self, everyday life, and culture in the early 21st century. Changes in culture, commerce, and communications, such as the internet, require 'postmodern' modes of knowing. Agger borrows from French postmodern theory and from the Frankfurt School's critical theory in addressing the utility and shortcomings of postmodern theory for understanding identity, culture, race, gender, and power. He explains postmodern theory clearly, borrowing creatively from postmodernism in order to theorize about daily life and social structures heavily reliant on information technologies like the internet and the Web.
and reality and that planning theory still has a long way to go to adapt to these
conditions. ... conservative and anti-progressive character of theory in
postmodern times and the hijacking and abuse of postmodern theory to justify
neo-liberal and ...
Author: Philip Allmendinger
Postmodern social theory has provided significant insights into our understanding of society and its components. Key thinkers including Foucault, Baudrillard and Lyotard have challenged existing ideas about power and rationality in society. This book analyses planning from a postmodern perspective and explores alternative conceptions based on a combination of postmodern thinking and other fields of social theory. In doing so, it exposes some of the limits of postmodern social theory while providing an alternative conception of planning in the twenty-first century. This title will appeal to anyone interested in how we think and act in relation to cities, urban planning and governance.