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What has emerged so far in this text is a certain commonality of themes that inform the texts of the postmodern moment. At the same time, the ambiguous and uncertain significance of these texts has been highlighted. For many it is that very uncertainty, that very openness, which is the problem with the postmodern. We however feel that, although it has its dangers, openness and provisionality provide reconfigurative opportunities in relation to emancipation and oppression. Postmodern texts challenge the ordered view of history as progress towards emancipation through the development of reason and scientific knowledge. They have foregrounded the desires at work within this narrative, particularly the desire for mastery but also the way in which pleasurable desires are organised as part of regimes of governmentality (see Rojek 1993).