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    DescriptionThis book is about the central figure of our contemporary, a liquid moderna times -- the man or woman with no bonds, and particularly with none of the fixed or durable bonds that would allow the effort of self--definition and self--assertion to come to a rest. Having no permanent bonds, the denizen of our liquid modern society must tie whatever bonds they can to engage with others, using their own wits, skill and dedication. But none of these bonds are guaranteed to last. Moreover, they must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again, quickly and as effortlessly as possible, when circumstances change -- as they surely will in our liquid modern society, over and over again. The uncanny frailty of human bonds, the feeling of insecurity that frailty inspires, and the conflicting desires to tighten the bonds yet keep them loose, are the principal themes of this important new book by Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most original and influential social thinkers of our time. It will be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology and in the social sciences and humanities generally, and it will appeal to anyone interested in the changing nature of human relationships.


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    Title
    Liquid Love
    Subtitle
    On the Frailty of Human Bonds
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Zygmunt Bauman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 276 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745624891
    ISBN 10: 0745624898
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000, FAM000000
    DC21: 302
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17440
    BISAC V2.8: PSY031000
    BIC subject category V2: JHBA
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 302.545
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 302.5/45
    LC classification: HM1131 .B38 2003, HM1131 \.B
    BISAC V2.8: SEL042000
    Thema V1.0: VS, VFV, JMQ, JMH, JHB, QD
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    Publisher
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    20 June 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds and the University of Warsaw
    Review quote
    "Bauman is a social theorist whose work just gets better and better, which is pretty amazing if one considers his prolific output during recent years." Anthony Elliott, University of the West of England "This book is timely and shows accurate observation, lucid thinking and much background knowledge and wisdom" John Calder, Camden New Journal "Its thoughtful examination of our predicament is invigorating -- like a cold shower." New Internationalist "Liquid Love is invaluable for grasping the problems of living in a globalized world and inspiring individuals effectively to resolve them." Contemporary Sociology
    Back cover copy
    This book is about the central figure of our contemporary, 'liquid modern' times - the man or woman with no bonds, and particularly with none of the fixed or durable bonds that would allow the effort of self-definition and self-assertion to come to a rest. Having no permanent bonds, the denizen of our liquid modern society must tie whatever bonds they can to engage with others, using their own wits, skill and dedication. But none of these bonds are guaranteed to last. Moreover, they must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again, quickly and as effortlessly as possible, when circumstances change - as they surely will in our liquid modern society, over and over again. The uncanny frailty of human bonds, the feeling of insecurity that frailty inspires, and the conflicting desires to tighten the bonds yet keep them loose, are the principal themes of this important new book by Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most original and influential social thinkers of our time. It will be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology and in the social sciences and humanities generally, and it will appeal to anyone interested in the changing nature of human relationships.
    Table of contents
    Foreword. Chapter 1 Falling In and Out of Love. Chapter 2 In and Out of the Toolbox of Sociality. Chapter 3 On the Difficulty of Loving Thy Neighbour. Chapter 4 Togetherness Dismantled. Notes