Pastiches in family style

I don’t agree we live in a postmodern world or society. It gives modernity too much credit for coherence, and the present too much credit for incoherence. I’m OK with postmodern to describe ways of thinking, though.

Anyway, except for that term, I like Judith Stacey’s description of families “these days”:

I used the term postmodern family … to signal the contested, ambivalent, an undecided character of our contemporary family cultures. … Like postmodern culture, contemporary Western family arrangements are diverse, fluid, and unresolved. Like postmodern cultural forms, our families today admix unlikely elements in an improvisational pastiche of old and new. The postmodern family condition is not a new model of family life equivalent to that of the modern family; it is not the next stage in an orderly progression of stages of family history; rather the postmodern family condition signals the moment in the history when our belief in a logical progression of stages has broken down. Modernization narratives about “the family” … once portrayed Western family life steadily evolving toward a more democratic and progressive form. Rupturing this self-congratulatory and reassuring logic, the postmodern family condition incorporates both experimental and nostalgic dimensions as it lurches forward and backward into an uncertain future. (p. 7-8)

I like her writing.

Anyway, I still haven’t see this show:

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