Williams, Lincoln O.; Sewpaul, Vishanthie
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Social Welfare Training Centre
Modernism, postmodernism and global standards setting
Social Work Education
Date of Publication
Discusses the key features of modernism and postmodernism, and critiques global standards setting from a postmodern theoretical perspective. The main areas of critique consist of the possibility of the creation of yet another totalizing discourse or grand narrative; debates around the particular and the universal; issues around representation; and power, knowledge and discursive formations. The authors treat modernism and postmodernism as a linear progression is a bi-polar categorization is to fall within the traps of modernism itself. They argue that society has avoided making a choice between modernism and postmodernism--between justification, objectivity, reason, universalism, proof and unity of science on the one hand and the postmodern emphases on language, power, and the particular, contingent and relational on the other hand.....