By (author) Zygmunt Bauman
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Liquid Life by Zygmunt Bauman
Book Description'Liquid life is the kind of life commonly lived in our contemporary, liquid-modern society. Liquid life cannot stay on course, as liquid-modern society cannot keep its shape for long. Liquid life is a precarious life, lived under conditions of constant uncertainty. The most acute and stubborn worries that haunt this liquid life are the fears of being caught napping, of failing to catch up with fast moving events, of overlooking the use by dates and being saddled with worthless possessions, of missing the moment calling for a change of tack and being left behind. Liquid life is also shot through by a contradiction: it ought to be a (possibly unending) series of new beginnings, yet precisely for that reason it is full of worries about swift and painless endings, without which new beginnings would be unthinkable. Among the arts of liquid-modern living and the skills needed to practice them, getting rid of things takes precedence over their acquisition. This and other challenges of life in a liquid-modern society are traced and unravelled in the successive chapters of this new book by one of the most brilliant and original social thinkers of our time. A new book by one of the most original and brilliant social thinkers of our time. Liquid Life is the kind of life commonly lived in our contemporary, liquid-modern society - it cannot keep its shape for long and is a precarious life, lived under conditions of constant uncertainty; the most acute and stubborn worries that haunt this liquid life are the fears of being caught napping, of failing to catch up with fast moving events, of overlooking the use by dates and being saddled with worthless possessions, of missing the moment calling for a change of tack and being left behind; this work extends and develops some of the key themes in other Bauman titles, namely what it is like to live in a time of liquid modernity, identity, culture and consumerism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745635156
(215mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Zygmunt Bauman
Retrotopia, Hardback (January 2017)
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, Hardback (April 2016)
Refugees from the violence of wars and the brutality of famished lives have knocked on other people's doors since the beginning of time. For the people behind the doors, these uninvited guests were always strangers, and strangers tend to generate fear and anxiety precisely because they are unknown.
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 the Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds
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