By Laura Uba

ISBN-10: 0585462909

ISBN-13: 9780585462905

ISBN-10: 0791452956

ISBN-13: 9780791452950

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Over the last few decades and in various disciplines, alternative epistemologies have been examined and employed, notably in two overlapping, postmodern conversations (Polkinghorne, 1990). A general conversation, carried on by Michael Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jean François Lyotard, and others, describes the futility of seeking any one epistemological foundation that assures certain knowledge, denies creators have the final word on the meaning of what they produce, and challenges conventional ideas about meaning and structure (Denzin, 1994).

1 A Comparison of Modernist and Postmodernist Assumptions Dimension Modernism Postmodernism Knowledge Objective correspondence with reality Constructions based on intertextuality, différance Knowable Universal principles underlying fixed order Contextualized, particular Study participant Object of study Participant in creation of knowledge Objectivity Possible using scientific method Impossible Constructs About the ontological Fictions, constructions Language Transparent means of communicating Mediates what is known In contrast, postmodernism assumes no ontologically foundational principles or unequivocal metanarrative and rejects Hegelian hopes for metanarratives unifying knowledge (Kupferberg, 1990), making its relationship to Enlightenment beliefs akin to atheism’s relationship to deism.

When dealing with new problems, “Every succeeding generation [of scientists] is sovereign in reinterpreting the tradition of science. With [that sovereignty rests] responsibility [and] lasting effects on the tradition of science” (Polanyi, 1946/1964, pp. 16, 60). Psychologists have choices. While hypermodern views lament the problems of modernism, postmodernism,14 an epistemological outlook discussed in the next chapter, represents different assumptions, alternative ways of investigating people’s behaviors, and new perspectives on human behavior and the meaning of being Asian American.

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