Modern/Postmodern: Off the Beaten Path of Antimodernism

Modern/Postmodern: Off the Beaten Path of Antimodernism

Modern/Postmodern: Off the Beaten Path of Antimodernism

Modern/Postmodern: Off the Beaten Path of Antimodernism


In this book Eric Kramer introduces his theory of dimensional accrual/dissociation to explain the difference between modernity and postmodernity. He also argues that social scientific operational definitions are useful but very often arbitrary. Thus, realities based on them are available for creative (alternative) validities. Kramer then concentrates on the concepts of modernity and postmodernity to analyze how they have been defined and structured and, in the end, he offers clear definitions of these concepts and a better understanding of the work of those who have shaped these ideas.


The two most fundamental media are time and space. the human creates these as formal expressions. They are the result of disintegration. There are many styles of division. Time and space are articulated in every contingent gesture. the comparative study of civilizations reveals the various styles of expression, the various kinds of time and space. These fundamentally presupposed dimensions affect other values, hopes, dreams, identities, and expectations (or lack thereof).

Culture as expression

In the human world, the space/time unity forms warps called "mood," which are variances in style of communicating and comportment--in a word, attitude or feel. We even speak of the "gravity" of a situation or event. Mood is "global." For instance, the mood of an entire situation changes when a group of teenagers is invaded by a parent, when a person gets or loses a job, when a student gets a good or bad grade, when the weather changes, when one is told that one has a deadly disease, when lovers "break up," when someone smiles, and so forth. Mood saturates all human experience and it is expressed, which means that it is articulated in the form of interior and exterior design, hair and clothing styles, odor, music, styles of walking and talking, and so forth. a space and time can be altered by perfume or lighting.

Human beings create mood by altering the valence of space and time, that is, the way space and time are combined/created. the human, as an individual, group member, or anonymous "I" (not "me"), is created by the culture. To call this relationship a dialectic of self/other, individual/group, culture/nature (and so on) is just one way to express the ontogenetic process of permanence . . .

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