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By Laura Uba

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Epistemologically, in the beginning there is the word and the word is used by humans to create, describe, and mediate interpretations that provide meaning and produce knowledge. However, as the work of Wittgenstein (1963) and poststructuralists suggests, language does not have a direct correspondence to a sensory experience or a referent or noumenal world (Barrett, 1967); representations of reality—such as statements about categories, events, and relationships—are 34 a postmodern psychology of asian americans mental constructions that do not provide pure, transparent descriptions of the referent reality that is external to the mind (Rosenau, 1992).

In the 1950s, Bertrand Russell and Alfred Whitehead nourished a paradigm shift from a reliance on axioms as the basis for timeless, universal knowledge to an acceptance of multiple scientific methods for scholars in different sciences trying to adapt to varied and changing situations and problems (Toulmin, 1990). In the 1960s, many scholars rethinking social theories, primarily critical rather than scientific theories of social life, converged on a focus on the role of language and discourse (Lennert, 1997).

Scott, 1988, p. 35) 30 a postmodern psychology of asian americans One reason for postmodernism’s focus on power is that power affects which texts and narratives are typically privileged, how knowledge is created, and what is regarded as knowledge (Foucault, 1969). Power “works indirectly through knowledge” (Lennert, 1997, p. 67). Indeed, beyond overt domination, much of a group’s power comes from its ability to produce meanings that can be used to threaten, pressure, lobby, quiet, or provoke.

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