Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman
Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman by Zygmunt Bauman
Book DescriptionZygmunt Bauman is one of the leading figures in contemporary social thought. His work ranges across issues of ethics, culture and politics. It never forgets that social thought ought to help men and women make sense of their lives and aspire towards something different. His books and essays always focus on the here and now: violence and moral indifference, globalization, consumerism, politics and individualization. They cast a sharp eye on the panaceas of a there is no alternativea ; the embrace of community and the fads of the a counselling booma ; through which men and women are told that they can achieve biographical solutions to what are, in fact, systemic problems. In this new book, Zygmunt Bauman and Keith Tester engage in five accessible conversations that uncover and explore the assumptions and commitments underpinning Baumana s ground--breaking social thought. The conversations show how those commitments have influenced Baumana s analyses of modernity, postmodernity and a liquid modernitya . The book ranges widely, from autobiographical reflection through to pointers for the understanding and future of Baumana s social thought. The conversations illustrate the moral substance of Baumana s refusal to accept that the world cannot be made different. They show why social thought is a human necessity. Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman is a book which will offer fresh insight into Baumana s work for those who are familiar with it, and provide an engaging and helpful entry point for those who are new to it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745626642
(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 17-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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We have long since lost our faith in the idea that human beings could achieve human happiness in some future ideal state a state that Thomas More, writing five centuries ago, tied to a topos, a fixed place, a land, an island, a sovereign state under a wise and benevolent ruler.
Strangers at Our Door, Paperback (April 2016)
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Babel, Paperback (April 2016)
We are living in an open sea, caught up in a continuous wave, with no fixed point and no instrument to measure distance and the direction of travel. Nothing appears to be in its place any more, and a great deal appears to have no place at all.
In Praise of Literature, Hardback (March 2016)» View all books by Zygmunt Bauman
In this new book Zygmunt Bauman and Riccardo Mazzeo examine the contentious issue of the relation between literature (and the arts in general) and sociology (or, more generally, a branch of the humanities claiming scientific status).
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Author Biography - Zygmunt Bauman
Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw Keith Tester is Professor of Social Theory, University of Portsmouth
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