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Post-ality, originally referred to as “the ensemble of practices that, as a totality, obscure the production practices of capitalism” has now come to refer to the cultural and ideological mood — embodied primarily in postmodernism — which arose in the 1960s as an attempt to come to terms with widespread social, cultural, and economic changes that followed the end of the postwar industrial boom. In sum, post-ality challenges the humanist claims of the Enlightenment: that objective reality can be known, that there are underlying logics which govern human behavior, and that humans shape society. As post-ality would have it, our understanding of the human world is “at best” fragmentary.
Epifanio San Juan Jr. is emeritus professor of English, Comparative Literature and Ethnic Studies (Washington State University and University of Connecticut) and was recently a fellow of the W E B Du Bois Institute, Harvard University; and of the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas. His recent books deal with issues of globalization, postcolonialism, and the modernism/postmodernism debate in cultural studies. His recent titles are Racism and Cultural Studies (Duke University Press), US Imperialism and Revolution in the Philippines (Palgrave) and In the Wake of Terror: Class, Race, Nation and Ethnicity in the Postmodern World (Lexington Books). Ateneo University Press has published several of his works including History and Form, and Balikbayang Sinta: An E. San Juan Reader.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Ateneo de Manila University