Liquid Modernity

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 10, 2013 - Social Science - 240 pages
In this new book, Bauman examines how we have moved away from a 'heavy' and 'solid', hardware-focused modernity to a 'light' and 'liquid', software-based modernity. This passage, he argues, has brought profound change to all aspects of the human condition. The new remoteness and un-reachability of global systemic structure coupled with the unstructured and under-defined, fluid state of the immediate setting of life-politics and human togetherness, call for the rethinking of the concepts and cognitive frames used to narrate human individual experience and their joint history.

This book is dedicated to this task. Bauman selects five of the basic concepts which have served to make sense of shared human life - emancipation, individuality, time/space, work and community - and traces their successive incarnations and changes of meaning.

Liquid Modernity concludes the analysis undertaken in Bauman's two previous books Globalization: The Human Consequences and In Search of Politics. Together these volumes form a brilliant analysis of the changing conditions of social and political life by one of the most original thinkers writing today.

 

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Zymunt Bauman is a Prophet of despair who analysts say is an astute social analyst (citation needed)who never puts himself into the shoes of the lives he examines. Read full review

Contents

On Being Light and Liquid
Emancipation
Individuality
Stop telling me show
Compulsion turned into addiction
Shopping as a rite of exorcism
Divided we shop
Work
Community
On Writing On Writing Sociology
Notes
Index
Copyright

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Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw.

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