'The Symbolic Function of Transmodernity' new publication by Andrea Mura

By Andrea Mura · 7 October 2012

In this article In which transmodernity will be described as the symbolic context within which, in the last decades, new formulations of selfhood and community have emerged that challenge consolidated representations of the world. The aim will be to examine and map out an illustrative range of discourses at the core of the transmodern scenario, highlighting the counterhegemonic potential of its symbolic function vis-à-vis modern representations of reality. In doing so, particular focus will be put on some of the major effects of globalisation, namely spatial displacement, virtuality and fragmentation, arguing that these factors help us to understand the ‘critical’ dimension of globalisation as a traumatic process of dislocation of social space. It is by scrutinising these factors that we grasp the ability of ‘transmodern’ formulations of space and community to challenge the position of modern discourses.


Andrea Mura, (2012). The Symbolic Function of Transmodernity. Language and Psychoanalysis, Autumn/Winter, (I), pp. 67-86.

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  • Andrea Mura

    Research Associate
    Andrea Mura
    The Open University
    My work within Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism focuses on the relation between the discourse of European citizenship and orientalism under the new conditions of indebtedness. My project,... Read more

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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