Más allá del posmodernismo. Viaje a través de la paradoja moderna

Translated title of the contribution: Beyond postmodernism. Journey through the modern paradox

Claudio Minca*

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The reflection that is developed throughout this article is based on the premise that post-modern analysis in geography and in the social sciences has provided evidence of the contradictions and paradoxes in the modern conception of relations between space and society, but has frequently been unable to find the manner in which such incongruities can be efficiently overcome. The question is now raised through a recovery of the thoughts of Marshall Berman and through successive reflections on the utopian nature of Kevin Hetherington's modern space, with the aim of illustrating how modernity and its spatial expressions are based on paradox. For this reason, the text proposes that instead of overcoming modernity, its ambiguous dimension ought to be recuperated, and suggests that there be an analysis of the power pertaining to that very ambivalence. From such recuperation, geography has much to gain, its metaphors being the fruit of interpretative processes that, by definition, incorporate ambiguity and ambivalence, but at the same time also having a formidable descriptive/normative capacity to apprehend, from the modern, many aspects that scientific metaphors and cartographic logic often reduce to silence.

Translated title of the contributionBeyond postmodernism. Journey through the modern paradox
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)45-68
Number of pages24
JournalDocuments d'Analisi Geografica
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Ambiguity
  • Cartographic logic
  • Modern
  • Paradox
  • Postmodern


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