Power and Ethics

Authored by: Dennis K. Mumby

The Handbook of Communication Ethics

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  January  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415994644
eBook ISBN: 9780203890400
Adobe ISBN: 9781135846671

10.4324/9780203890400.ch6

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Abstract

One of the interesting things about living in a postlinguistic turn world is that many of the shibboleths of high modernity have been cast into doubt. As we enter the second decade of the 21st century there are few remaining apodictic truths that provide a moral and epistemological foundation from which to make judgments about the world in which we live. This “crisis of representation” (Jameson, 1984) has not only cast doubt on the possibility for—or indeed the value of—universal truths; it has also subjected to detailed scrutiny the ways in which any claims to truth are not only always partial, but also rooted in a particular constellation of discourses, power relations, and positionalities. In a post-Foucauldian world, we have largely come to accept that not only is any claim to know always partial; it is also always an effect of power.

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