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What happens to politics in the postmodern condition? The Politics of Postmodernity is a political tour de force that addresses this key contemporary question. Politics in postmodernity is carefully contextualized by relating its specific sphere - the polity - to those of the economic, social, technological and cultural. The authors confront globalization and the notion of postmodernity as disorganized capitalism. They analyze the role of the mass media, the changing ways in which politics is used, the role of the state and the progressive potential of politics in postmodern times. Closing with a postscript on the future of the discipline of political science, this book offers a profound yet highly accessible account
Chapter 1: The Languages of Postmodernism
The Languages of Postmodernism
Language, since the writings of Wittgenstein and Foucault, has come to be seen as a political phenomenon. From Wittgenstein we learn that words mean what the users negotiate them to mean in the everyday business of exchange. Users struggle not only to understand others, but to deploy their own meanings in usage. Meaning, in addition, is relative to and contingent upon a system of language generally associated with a particular form of life, such as cookery or politics. From Foucault we learn that terms and discourses are never neutral but are tied to particular epistemes, practices and regimes. They are never of universal application but always contingent, tied to particular times, sites, situations and conflicts.
From Gallie (1955–6/1962) and ...