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Post-Modernism and the Social Sciences: Insights, Inroads, and Intrusions

Rosenau, Pauline Marie

 Rosenau attempts to explore postmodernism as it related to the social sciences, beginning with a very useful glossary. The book has four primary goals: "to explore the range and complexity of post-modern approaches with special attention to their origins in the humanities; . . . to explain and illustrate their applications to the social sciences; . . . to examine some consequences of their adoption in the social sciences; . . . and to provide the beginnings of a general assessment" (pp. 3-4). In the chapter on author, text, and reader, the postmodern concept of these terms is contrasted with the modern. The third chapter is on postmodernism's call for the death of the subject, but the author opts for "the birth of the post-modern individual and the 'return of the new subject' " (p. 21). The fourth chapter is on postmodern views of the relationship of author, text, and reader. The next is on theory and truth, and the sixth is on conceptions of representation. The seventh chapter "considers postmodern views of epistemology and methodology and describes the post-modern method of deconstruction and intuitive interpretation" (p. 23). Chapter 8 is entitled "Post-modern Political Orientations and Social Science." The final chapter offers an assessment. This is an important book on methodological concerns and innovations that researchers dealing with EHE narratives should know about and possibly incorporate in their work.
Publisher Information:Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992. 229p. Bibl: 185-216; Glossary: xi-xiv; Index: 217-229
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