Title

Modernity, Postmodernism, and Pragmatist Inquiry: An Introduction

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Postmodernism has been around for decades now, but it was not until the 1980s that social scientists in the United States started paying this intellectual current serious attention. Reasons for such a tardy and decidedly half-hearted reception are several. Postmodernists do not look kindly at the social sciences, accusing the latter of aiding the extant powers and furthering domination in society. They also question the philosophical foundations on which social scientists built their edifice-the very possibility of sound communication, objective reporting, valid generalizations, and theoretical knowledge.

Disciplines

Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology | Sociology of Culture

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