On Education

On Education : Conversations with Riccardo Mazzeo

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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.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 208 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745676065
  • 9780745676067

Table of contents

1 Between mixophilia and mixophobia 1 2 Jose Saramago: ways of being happy 7 3 Gregory Bateson and his third level of education 11 4 From closure of mind to `permanent revolution' 15 5 Oak trees and ridiculously minute acorns 24 6 Looking for a genuine `cultural revolution' 27 7 Depravation is the cleverest strategy of deprivation 31 8 Minutes to destroy, years to build 40 9 The young as a tip for the consumer industry 54 10 The effort to improve mutual understanding is a prolific source of human creativity 60 11 The unemployed can always play lotto, can't they? 65 12 Disability, abnormality, minority as a political problem 74 13 Indignation and swarm- like political groupings 80 14 Defective consumers and never- ending minefields 86 15 Richard Sennett on difference 100 16 From Lacan's `capitalist' to Bauman's `consumerist' 112 17 ?i?ek and Morin on monotheism 121 18 Proust's petite madeleine and consumerism 126 19 On fuels, sparks and fires 130 20 On glocalization coming of age 136show more

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-Bauman's knack for placing things in context and accounting for that uneasy feeling you get from this or that current development makes [On Education] stimulating.- Inside Higher Ed -When graduates can't find jobs, the bargain of commercialised education - take out enormous student loans that will be repaid by your supposedly high salary later on - breaks down. So worries the sociologist Bauman, in a perky and colourful written interview with the Italian publisher Mazzeo. Even so, Bauman remains hopeful about the 'openness' of mind ideally encouraged by schooling - indeed, as he points out sharply, it is not 'practical' otherwise.- Steven Poole, The Guardian "Bauman's knack for placing things in context and accounting for that uneasy feeling you get from this or that current development makes [On Education] stimulating." Inside Higher Ed "When graduates can't find jobs, the bargain of commercialised education - take out enormous student loans that will be repaid by your supposedly high salary later on - breaks down. So worries the sociologist Bauman, in a perky and colourful written interview with the Italian publisher Mazzeo. Even so, Bauman remains hopeful about the 'openness' of mind ideally encouraged by schooling - indeed, as he points out sharply, it is not 'practical' otherwise." Steven Poole, The Guardianshow more

About Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds Riccardo Mazzeo is editor at the Italian publisher Edizioni Ericksonshow more

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