I have called the New Age a "strange beast", but Post-Modernism may be even stranger ! It is almost like they are the opposite poles of a magnet.
I have written a lot about the New Age, and much of the Humanities section is Post-Modern, but I have also written few short articles
- Extracts from a source book on Post-Modernism
- A very brief summary of "The History of Sexuality" by Foucault
- A brief description of the relationships of Post-Modernism with other movements
A Brief History. Whichever way you look at it, there has been a major change in the world. After the Second World War there was a settlement between Government, Companies and Trade Unions to generate prosperity. This has now broken down, with traditional employment in factories and offices replaced by contracts, out-sourcing and a proliferation of agencies. The study of this is now academically very respectable, and one of the most interesting authors on this area is Bob Jessop – he writes about globalization, capacity building and a range of other topics see http://bobjessop.org.
The New Age and Postmodernism may be only two of several representations of change in the world. (the Green movement ? the Rainbow Alliance ?)
Since I discovered Foucault and Postmodernism, I am shocked at the lack of interest in them in New Age Circles – this also seems like a deliberate exclusion. Perhaps this is an exclusion of too much questioning and intellectualising ...... but still, it seems like an exclusion (rather than an omission or a not noticing).
Foucault's most popular work "The History of Sexuality" was published 1978/85/86 and is available in Penguin books, but I never heard of it or noticed it till 1998 ! This is one of the most transformative books I have ever read it its own way, but few people seem to know about it.
The New Age and Postmodernism seem to have had little overlap - none of the major figures in either movement are valued by the other, and they might even be ridiculed (perhaps deservedly so). It seems like they are separate thoughtforms, thought by different people, and now worked out more or less fully by different “people on the ground”. Debatably, both movements are now complete and unlikely to change much, though people may still be drawn into them and learn a lot. Debatably, the same could also be made about a 3rd movement, the Greens, but, we still keep on getting new movements such as Transition Towns and Occupy.