Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research: Multiple Perspectives is a book unlike any in the field. Each chapter is written by a prominent scholar who presents a theoretical perspective and discusses how he or she “engages” with it, personally examining what it means to study organizations. Rejecting the traditional model of a “reader,“ this volume demonstrates the intimate connections among theory, research, and personal experience. Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research is an indispensable resource for anyone wishing to be familiar with current trends in the field of organizational communication.
Chapter 6: Postmodern Theory
I dedicate this chapter to Leonard C. Hawes, whose voice may be heard throughout.
Postmodernism is an umbrella term that is used in different ways by different speakers. As a result, this term defies easy summary. Typically, however, speakers invoking “postmodernism” are committed to exploring the complex relationships of power, knowledge, and discourse created in the struggle between social groups. Additionally, postmodernism is intertwined with several other perspectives that challenge the conduct of business as usual. These traditions include feminism (Mumby, 1996), neo-Marxism, poststructuralism (Parker, 1995), and postcolonialism. Because many of these perspectives are covered elsewhere in this volume—e.g., chapters 4 (rhetorical theory), 5 (critical theory), and 7 (feminist theory)—I encourage you to refer to these chapters and explore their intersections.
My charge ...