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Record Type: Review   ID: 51

Reality Isn’t What It Used to Be: Theatrical Politics, Ready-to-Wear Religion, Global Myths, Primitive Chic, and Other Wonders of the Postmodern World

Anderson, Walter Truett

 We are abstracting this book even though it was published in 1990 because it is still one of the best overviews of the positive role of postmodern approaches and one of the most grounded assessments of the social construction of reality. He draws on key scholarly works, but even more so, on popular culture, making the book accessible to many more people than more purely scholarly tomes. Anderson documents in many ways how we are becoming a global society and shows how we are making this so, based not only on current acts, creations, and ideas but on past influences as well. In many key areas of life today, private and public, he shows how we are creating and changing our own reality and that of our species and beyond that, our world, using many techniques that result in a reality or worldview that is certainly not "what it used to be." Many of the changes, such as lack of a moral foundation, are scary. Others are exciting. Anyone can profit from taking Anderson’s tour through present and future society, from the individual to the global. He has a very steady hand at the rudder and a good sense of humor. Of special relevance to exceptional human experience is the chapter on "the construction of personal reality." He says that constructivist therapists are willing to try any narrative that will spark the meaning for clients. EEers must do the same thing—try every way they can think of to see if it makes sense of their own exceptional experience(s), and when one clicks, weave it into their life story.
Publisher Information:New York: HarperCollins, 1990. 288p. Chap. notes: 271-280; Index: 281-288
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