Definitions for simple folk
A nd now my river, or rather the journey I am taking on it, comes to a stop and I rest on the bank while I try to construct a map for my position. Since postmodernism is new territory for both me and most of my colleagues in family therapy, I feel some obligation to construct a bridge. This bridge would take us from the engineering universe of cybernetics to the diverse encampments of a more language-oriented world.
In the course of my inquiry, I looked into postmodernism ( Kaplan, 1988), poststructuralism ( Poster, 1989), critical theory ( Held, 1980), deconstructionism ( Berman, 1988), the discourse theory of Michel Foucault ( Cooper, 1982), hermeneutics and narrative theory ( Messer, Sass, & Woolfolk, 1988), social construction theory ( K. Gergen, 1985), and feminist positions on postmodern theories ( Nicholson, 1990). I will offer my own explanation of these concepts from the point of view of their relevance to family therapy.
First of all, the word "postmodern" seems to be a catch-all term for a change in the zeitgeist that has been taken up by many persons