The meaning and meaninglessness of postmodernism: Some Ironic Remarks

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This paper discusses the popularity of postmodernism in social and organizational studies. It is argued that the word conflates quite different social phenomena and lines of development, and theoretical and philosophical positions. Framing issues in terms of modernism/postmodernism easily leads to insensitive conceptualizations of the varied positions within what is dumped together as 'modernism'. 'Modernist' ideas about contemporary society and types of organizations encourage an oversensitivity for novelty. It is argued that many of the themes raised under the banner of postmodernism are worth taking seriously, but no effort should be taken to combine them under the same concept.

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  • Business Administration
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1047-1075
JournalOrganization Studies
Volume16
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes