Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman

Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 10mm | 240g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745626653
  • 9780745626659
  • 750,180

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Zygmunt Bauman is one of the leading figures in contemporary socialthought. His work ranges across issues of ethics, culture andpolitics. It never forgets that social thought ought to help menand women make sense of their lives and aspire towards somethingdifferent. 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 thepanaceas of 'there is no alternative'; the embrace ofcommunity and the fads of the 'counselling boom'; throughwhich men and women are told that they can achieve biographicalsolutions to what are, in fact, systemic problems.


In this new book, Zygmunt Bauman and Keith Tester engage in fiveaccessible conversations that uncover and explore the assumptionsand commitments underpinning Bauman's ground-breaking socialthought. The conversations show how those commitments haveinfluenced Bauman's analyses of modernity, postmodernity and'liquid modernity'. The book ranges widely, fromautobiographical reflection through to pointers for theunderstanding and future of Bauman's social thought. Theconversations illustrate the moral substance of Bauman's refusal toaccept that the world cannot be made different. They show whysocial thought is a human necessity.


Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman is a book which willoffer fresh insight into Bauman's work for those who are familiarwith it, and provide an engaging and helpful entry point for thosewho are new to it.
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Table of contents

Preface.
Introduction.


Conversation 1: Context and Sociological Horizons.


Conversation 2: Ethics and Human Values.


Conversation 3: The Ambivalence of Modernity.


Conversation 4: Individualization and Consumer Society.


Conversation 5: Politics.


Notes.


Bibliography
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a Zygmunt Bauman is a rare intellectual. He does not like to talk about himself except via the byways, the work of others and the problems of the world. Keith Tester is a fine interlocutor who knows how to draw Bauman out. The result is a fascinating series of conversations. This is a book to press against the future, a book for tomorrow. Peter Beilharz, Thesis Eleven, La Trobe University It is very readable. It provides a clear introduction to Baumana s ideas in a much more concise and open style than is otherwise possible ploughing through his volumous works. As such it is to be highly recomendable" Gary Pattison, University of Southampton, Network
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About Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was 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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