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Postmodernist discourses reflect in a number of ways the typicalities of the close entanglement of the new media with present-day society. Firstly, postmodernist thinking results in a deconstruction of the idea of 'One True Story', instead allowing for multiple and multilinear stories to emerge. Second, this doing away with the idea of monolinearity not only results in a decentering of truth(s), but also in an undermining of the notion of a coherent, stable self. Postmodernism therefore can account for not only differences between, but especially differences within possible subject-positions without rendering those differences as necessarily oppositional. Identity appears as fragmented and the relationship of the subject to its class, race or gender is an imaginary and constructed one.

However, the relationships between strategies of (feminist) social change and postmodernism remain to be ambivalent, since postmodernism since the latter might get dangerously close to very relativist and apolitical claims of all stories being equally true. This would namely only result in a covering up of current power structures in society which eventually in turn would only serve to enforce social hierarchies. An answer to the relativism of postmodernism lies in the strategy of situating and in the theoretical framework of standpoint theory.

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