Work, Postmodernism and Organization provides a wide-ranging and very accessible introduction to postmodern theory and its relevance for the cultural world of the work organization. The book provides a critical review of the debates that have shaped organization theory over the past decade, making clear the meaning and significance of postmodern ideas for contemporary organization theory and practice. Work, Postmodernism and Organization will provide valuable material to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of organization theory, organizational behaviour, industrial sociology, and more general business & management and sociology courses.
Chapter 1: The Idea of the Postmodern
The Idea of the Postmodern
It is strong and fashionable. Over and above this, it is not altogether clear what the devil it is. In fact, clarity is not conspicuous amongst its marked attributes. (Gellner, 1992: 22)
Postmodernism is a theory, a contemporary practice and a condition of the contemporary era. In short we live and breathe it. (Sardar, 1998: 27)
What Hans Bertens (1995: 3) has referred to as the ‘idea of the postmodern’, remains one of the most contested and, as Bertens himself describes it, ‘exasperating’ ideas currently circulating within the contemporary social sciences. This exasperation is helped little by the emergence of two parallel tendencies. On the one hand, almost every commentator on the subject seems to offer his or her ...