A Reflection On Public Administration

5906 Words Dec 15th, 2016 24 Pages
Posttraditional Public Administration Since the linguistic turn, sparked in the late 1960s by such theorists as Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault, interesting normative and methodological challenges for the policy sciences have emerged. A posttraditional society is often characterized as an individualized society because individuals are increasingly required to construct their own lives. To begin, a posttraditional society refers to both modernity and its reverberation postmodernity. Modernity, in a general sense, refers to institutions and modes of behavior. Anthony Giddens (1991) writes, “modernity is a post-traditional order, in which the question, ‘How shall I live?’ has to be answered in day-to-day decisions about how to behave, what to wear, what to eat – and many other things – as well as interpreted within the temporal unfolding of self-identity” (p. 14). According to Giddens, there are four main discourses of modernity: industrialism is the social relations implied in the widespread use of material power and machinery in production processes; capitalism is a system of commodity production involving competition and commodification; surveillance is the supervisory control of subject populations, whether this takes “the form of ‘visible’ supervision in Foucault’s sense”, or use of information; and organization is the regularized control of social relations across “indefinite time-space distances” (pp. 14-16). There are also three elements of modern social life –…
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