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Conversations With Zygmunt Bauman

Author : Zygmunt Bauman
ISBN : 9780745657134
Genre : Social Science
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Zygmunt 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 ‘there is no alternative'; the embrace of community and the fads of the ‘counselling boom'; 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 Bauman's ground-breaking social thought. The conversations show how those commitments have influenced Bauman's analyses of modernity, postmodernity and ‘liquid modernity'. The book ranges widely, from autobiographical reflection through to pointers for the understanding and future of Bauman's social thought. The conversations illustrate the moral substance of Bauman'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 Bauman's work for those who are familiar with it, and provide an engaging and helpful entry point for those who are new to it.

Living On Borrowed Time

Author : Zygmunt Bauman
ISBN : 9780745659213
Genre : Philosophy
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The global financial crisis has shattered the illusion that all was well with capitalism and forced us to confront the great challenges we face today with a new sense of urgency. Few are better placed to do this than Zygmunt Bauman, a social thinker whose writings on liquid modernity have pioneered a new way of seeing the world in which we live at the dawn of the 21st Century. Our liquid modern world is characterized by the transition from a society of producers to a society of consumers, the natural extension of which is the society of perpetual debtors. The ruling idea of the society of consumers is to prevent needs from being satisfied and to create demand; its natural extension is to enable consumers to consume more by borrowing. Debt was transformed into a crucial profit-earning asset of capitalism in liquid modern times. The present-day 'credit crunch' is not the outcome of the banks' failure but rather the fruit of their success in transforming the majority of men and women, young and old, into a race of debtors. They got what they were looking for: a society of debtors whose condition of being in debt was made self-perpetuating, with more debts being offered, and more undertaken, as the only way of escaping from the debts already incurred. Starting from this reflection on the current global financial crisis and prompted by the probing questions of his interlocutor, Citlali Rovirosa-Madrazo, Bauman examines in an historical perspective some of the most pressing moral and political issues of our time, from international terrorism and the rise of religious and secular fundamentalism to the decline of the nation-state and the threats posed by global warming, issues whose seriousness and urgency attest to the fact that we are living today not only on borrowed money but also on borrowed time.

Bauman Before Postmodernity

Author : Keith Tester
ISBN : UCSC:32106018707379
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the work of Zygmunt Bauman. It contains original conversations with Bauman and a detailed guide to his thought, written by two of his leading commentators. Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most important critics of our times. He has changed the way we think about globalization, the Holocaust, ethics and our sense of self. He came to prominence in the 1980s, when he made sociologists and cultural analysts think seriously about postmodernity. This is when his work started to reach a wide audience. But by that time he already had more than thirty years of publications behind him. He had also lived a life which had been shaped by the main events of the European twentieth century; he had been a soldier against Nazism and an exile from the Communist state in Poland. Bauman before Postmodernity rescues Bauman's roots from obscurity and shows how they shaped the work for which he became well-known. In this book, Bauman talks for the first time about his emergence as a sociologist and reflects on the times in which he was destined to live. The book also contains the most thorough catalogue of Bauman's work up to the end of the 1980s, and in-depth discussions of his academic essays from this period.

Liquid Surveillance

Author : Zygmunt Bauman
ISBN : 9780745664026
Genre : Social Science
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‘Today the smallest details of our daily lives are tracked and traced more closely than ever before, and those who are monitored often cooperate willingly with the monitors. From London and New York to New Delhi, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro, video cameras are a familiar and accepted sight in public places. Air travel now commonly involves devices such as body-scanners and biometric checks that have proliferated in the wake of 9/11. And every day Google and credit-card issuers note the details of our habits, concerns and preferences, quietly prompting customized marketing strategies with our active, all too often zealous cooperation. In today’s liquid modern world, the paths of daily life are mobile and flexible. Crossing national borders is a commonplace activity and immersion in social media increasingly ubiquitous. Today’s citizens, workers, consumers and travellers are always on the move but often lacking certainty and lasting bonds. But in this world where spaces may not be fixed and time is boundless, our perpetual motion does not go unnoticed. Surveillance spreads in hitherto unimaginable ways, responding to and reproducing the slippery nature of modern life, seeping into areas where it once had only marginal sway. In this book the surveillance analysis of David Lyon meets the liquid modern world so insightfully dissected by Zygmunt Bauman. Is a dismal future of moment-by-moment monitoring closing in, or are there still spaces of freedom and hope? How do we realize our responsibility for the human beings before us, often lost in discussions of data and categorization? Dealing with questions of power, technology and morality, this book is a brilliant analysis of what it means to be watched – and watching – today.

On Education

Author : Zygmunt Bauman
ISBN : 9780745662053
Genre : Philosophy
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What is the role of education in a world where we no longer have a clear vision of the future and where the idea of a single, universal model of humanity seems like the residue of a bygone age? What role should educators play in a world where young people find themselves faced with deep uncertainty about their future, where the prospects of securing a stable, long-term career seem increasingly remote and where intensified population movements have created more diverse communities in which different cultures find themselves living side by side, no longer bound together by the belief that the other would eventually be assimilated into ‘our' culture? Faced with the bewildering features of our liquid modern world, many young people are inclined to withdraw - in some cases into the online world of games and virtual relationships, in other cases into anorexia, depression, alcohol or even drug abuse, hoping to find shelter from a world perceived as more and more dangerous. Others launch into more violent forms of behaviour, like street gangs and the looting carried out by young people who have been excluded from the temples of consumption but are eager to participate in the ceremony. And all this happens while our politicians look on, uncomprehending and indifferent. In this short book Zygmunt Bauman - the leading social theorist of our liquid modern world, here in conversation with Riccardo Mazzeo - reflects on the predicament of young people today and on the role of education and the educator in a world where the certainties of our predecessors can no longer be taken for granted.

Identity Conversations With Benedetto Vecchi

Author : Zygmunt Bauman
ISBN : OCLC:717737037
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The Social Thought Of Zygmunt Bauman

Author : K. Tester
ISBN : 9780230505681
Genre : Social Science
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Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most important contemporary social thinkers. He has changed the way we think about the Holocaust, postmodernity and globalisation. This is the first book to discuss all of Bauman's work, from the first essays in post-Stalinist Poland, through to his participation in 1960s Marxist revisionism, and up to the work for which he is well known in the West. Bauman's work is put into its social and historical context, and it is shown why Bauman matters.

Die Globalisierung Der Ungleichheit

Author : Francois Bourguignon
ISBN : 9783868546033
Genre : Social Science
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Segen oder Teufelswerk? Ist die Globalisierung für den beispiellosen Anstieg von Ungleichheit in der Welt verantwortlich? Verweist sie alle Hoffnungen auf soziale Gerechtigkeit ins Reich der Utopie? Kaum eine Debatte wird so erhitzt geführt wie jene um die Globalisierung. Das Verhältnis von Ungleichheit und Globalisierung muss in der doppelten Perspektive - national und international - betrachtet werden, um in seiner Komplexität begreifbar zu werden. So steht dem Anstieg nationaler Ungleichheit paradoxerweise eine Abnahme globaler Ungleichheit gegenüber. Bourguignon, ehemaliger Chefökonom der Weltbank, analysiert diese antagonistischen Effekte der Globalisierung. Mit Blick auf die Schwellenländer ist die Ungleichheit im Weltvergleich geringer geworden: Der Lebensstandard in Brasilien, China oder Indien nähert sich langsam demjenigen der Nordamerikaner und Europäer an. Binnenstaatlich betrachtet sind die Ungleichheiten jedoch in einer nicht geringen Anzahl der Länder eklatant geworden, was zu sozialen Spannungen führen musste. Ohne neue Marktregularien, einer steuerlich indizierten Umverteilung und Gehaltsobergrenzen wird die zunehmende Ungleichheit nicht einzudämmen sein. Bourguignon beschreibt das Instrumentarium, das den nationalen wie internationalen Entscheidungsträgern zur Verfügung steht, um eine an Gerechtigkeitsmaßstäben ausgerichtete Verteilungspolitik zu verwirklichen. Wer heute zunehmende Globalisierung der Ungleichheit verhindern will, muss für eine Globalisierung der Umverteilung eintreten.

Retrotopia

Author : Bauman, Zygmunt
ISBN : 9783518754740
Genre : Political Science
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»Jedes einzelne von Baumans Büchern in der letzten Dekade kann als Meisterwerk gelesen werden.« Ulrich Beck »Make America great again«, lautet der Leitspruch des amtierenden US-Präsidenten. Nicht »vorwärts« soll es gehen, wie Barack Obama noch im Wahlkampf von 2012 versprochen hatte, sondern zurück zu alter Größe. Die Menschen scheinen die Hoffnung auf ein besseres Leben in der Zukunft aufgegeben zu haben und wenden sich stattdessen einer angeblich guten alten Zeit zu. In seinem letzten zu Lebzeiten vollendeten Buch untersucht der große Soziologe und Philosoph Zygmunt Bauman die Gründe für diese globale Epidemie der Nostalgie. Gut fünfhundert Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung von Thomas Morus’ Utopia, so seine These, haben die Nationalstaaten die Fähigkeit eingebüßt, ihre Versprechen auf Wohlstand und Sicherheit einzulösen. Wer in einer globalisierten Welt nach Orientierung sucht, der richtet seinen Blick daher nicht länger auf einen als Ideal verklärten Ort – einen topos –, sondern in eine untote Vergangenheit.

Zygmunt Bauman

Author : Dennis Smith
ISBN : 0745618995
Genre : Social Science
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In this major new assessment of Zygmunt Bauman's work, Smith gives a clear introduction to this controversial and challenging sociologist.

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