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Volume :46 Issue : 4 2018      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Post-postmodernism: The Road to Liquid and Light Modernism Anthropological Perspective

Auther : Sayed Faris

What is the fate of postmodernism in anthropology and social sciences? Has it faded altogether as a guiding paradigm that dominated during the late decades of the twentieth century, or has it merged into two current paradigms that have emerged on the theoretical landscape, namely post-postmodernism and liquid and light modernism? It is a mistake to pretend that more than twenty years of the history of social and anthropological theory has either disappeared or simply has not occurred, or that the postmodernist legacy is not real. A large number of anthropologists have recognized the therapeutic and reformative value of the criticism of the 1980s for ethnographic writing. The subject of the anthropological study and its analytical limits has expanded, especially in the postmodern condition in addition to the fingerprints left by the postmodernist trend on anthropological and sociological theory and practice. However, there is a recent shift in academic debate regarding the death of postmodernism. Instead of continuing the debate on the end of postmodernism, whether it ended or originally existed, intellectuals and critics have turned their eyes to a phase of tracing postmodernism, known as Post-postmodernism. Additionally, a new guiding paradigm has been forged, driven by sharp criticism directed at postmodernism, namely liquid and light modernism. The Arabic literature is clearly deficient in the tracking and tracing of post-postmodernism and its effects in many fields, particularly in the fields of social sciences. Therefore, this study aims to: (1) review the post-modernist discourse, its stakes or stances, its manifestations in the social sciences and the criticisms that led to the declaration of its end and demise; (2) explore the impact of these criticisms on the transformation of theory and practice in social sciences, especially anthropology, to post-postmodernism and liquid modernity; (3) explore the common denominators or commonalities that combine postmodernism, post-postmodernism, liquid and light modernity; and (4) reveal the most prominent thematic and theoretical trends that have emerged with the impact of post-postmodern and liquid modernist paradigms. The researcher used two methods: content analysis and the methodology of critical analysis. Three of the study's most important findings are: (1) there is no glaring dissonance or discrepancy between postmodernism and post-postmodernism; (2) post-postmodernism represents a third route that combines some of the visions of modernism and postmodernism; and (3) Post- postmodernism is a transition and a road to liquid and light modernity.
Keywords: Postmodernism, Post-postmodernism, Liquid Modernity, Light Modernity, Social Science, Anthropological Theory.

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