Modernity and Its Outcasts
By (author) Zygmunt Bauman
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Wasted Lives by Zygmunt Bauman
Book DescriptionThe production of a human wastea -- or more precisely, wasted lives, the a superfluousa populations of migrants, refugees and other outcasts -- is an inevitable outcome of modernization. It is an unavoidable side--effect of economic progress and the quest for order which is characteristic of modernity. As long as large parts of the world remained wholly or partly unaffected by modernization, they were treated by modernizing societies as lands that were able to absorb the excess of population in the a developed countriesa . Global solutions were sought, and temporarily found, to locally produced overpopulation problems. But as modernization has reached the furthest lands of the planet, a redundant populationa is produced everywhere and all localities have to bear the consequences of modernitya s global triumph. They are now confronted with the need to seek -- in vain, it seems -- local solutions to globally produced problems. The global spread of the modernity has given rise to growing quantities of human beings who are deprived of adequate means of survival, but the planet is fast running out of places to put them. Hence the new anxieties about a immigrantsa and a asylum seekersa and the growing role played by diffuse a security fearsa on the contemporary political agenda. With characteristic brilliance, this new book by Zygmunt Bauman unravels the impact of this transformation on our contemporary culture and politics and shows that the problem of coping with a human wastea provides a key for understanding some otherwise baffling features of our shared life, from the strategies of global domination to the most intimate aspects of human relationships.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745631646
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 27-Oct-2003
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, Paperback (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 University of Leeds and the University of Warsaw.
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