Legislators and Interpreters

Legislators and Interpreters : On Modernity, Post-Modernity and Intellectuals

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The book discusses the role of intellectuals in the modern world. Bauman connects this with current analyses of modernity and post-modernity. The theme of the book is that the tasks of intellectuals change from being 'legislators' to 'interpreters' with the transition from modernity to post-modernity. The book discusses the role of intellectuals in the modern world. Bauman connects this with current analyses of modernity and post-modernity. The theme of the book is that the tasks of intellectuals change from being 'legislators' to 'interpreters' with the transition from modernity to post-modernity.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 224 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745638082
  • 9780745638089

Table of contents

Introduction:. Intellectuals: From Modern Legislators to Post-modern Interpreters. 1. Paul Radin, or an Aetiology of the Intellectuals. 2. Les philosophes: The Archetype and the Utopia. 3. Sociogenesis of the Power Knowledge Syndrome. 4. Gamekeepers turned Gardeners. 5. Educating People. 6. Discovery of Culture. 7. Ideology, or Building the World of Ideas. 8. The Fall of the Legislator. 9. The Rise of the Interpreter. 10. Two Nations, Mark Two: The Seduced. 11. Two Nations, Mark Two: The Repressed. 12. Conclusions: one too many. Notes. Index.show more

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'Astonishing and intriguing.' New Society 'This is the first book since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that I've read from cover to cover twice ... Bauman's book is endlessly fascinating.' Tribune 'Enthralling ... a fascinating pot-pourri of contemporary sociological preoccupations.' Times Literary Supplement 'Astonishing and intriguing.' "New Society" 'This is the first book since "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" that I've read from cover to cover twice ... Bauman's book is endlessly fascinating.' "Tribune" 'Enthralling ... a fascinating pot-pourri of contemporary sociological preoccupations.' "Times Literary Supplement"show more

About Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds. His many books have become international bestsellers and have been translated into more than thirty languages. He was awarded the Theodor W. Adorno prize for 1998.show more

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