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I decided to write about the New Age, and it's big, complex,
and strange - there is never anything to get hold of, it slips
However, some 'discourse' approaches are helpful to get to
grips with it :-
- There has been a major change in the world - the old post-war
settlement between Government, Companies and Trade Unions
has broken down, replaced by contracts, out-sourcing and
a proliferation of agencies. This idea is academically very
respectable, one of the most interesting authors on this
area is Bob
Jessop, and this
article on globalisation is typical of his work. From
this, we can see that the New Age may be only one of several
representations of change in the world.
- One of the other major representations of change has been
Post Modernism. This is of equal size, complexity and strangeness
to the New Age, but there has had surprisingly little cross
fertilisation between the two. I have tried to summarize
my view of the basics of both of these HERE,
and I have written about the history of the New Age HERE.
In particular, the works of Foucault are worth studying,
and I have tried to summarise these HERE
on my Whatever
Will Be site.
- Finally, I have tried to summarise its history - whatever
happened to the New Age ? There are many ways of thinking
Did it reach
a high point and diminish ?
Did it get so
entangled that it can't move ?
Did it get taken
over by the oddballs ?
Did it sell its
soul for an easy life ?
Did it change
society for the better and finish it's task ?
I try to deal with these and other questions in these
pages, and in the forum
where you can join in, including, "knowing what we
know now, how would we design the next new age ?"
I was involved in the New Age for a long time - I'm still
touched by it. But
. does it have anything for me now,
apart from some fun with the excesses and loonies ?
Is it really over now ? It may be too early for a post
mortem, but, there is much that can be learned .... and,
of course, there is much to parody and have fun with ........