Society Under Siege
30%
off

Society Under Siege

3.76 (50 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas

Description

Society is under siege -- under attack on two fronts: from the global frontier--land where old structures and rules do not hold and new ones are slow to take shape, and from the fluid, undefined domain of life politics. The space between these two fronts, until recently ruled by the sovereign nation--state and identified by social scientists as 'societya is ever more difficult to conceive of as a self--enclosed entity. And this confronts the established wisdom of the social sciences with a new challenge: sovereignty and power are becoming separated from the politics of the territorial nation--state but are not becoming institutionalized in a new space. What are the consequences of this profound transformation of social life? What kind of world will it create for the twenty--first century? This remarkable book -- by one of the most original social thinkers writing today -- attempts to trace this transformation and to assess its consequences for the life conditions of ordinary individuals. The first part of the book is devoted to the new global arena in which, thanks to the powerful forces of globalization, there is no a outsidea , no secluded place to which one can retreat and hide away, and where the territorial wars of the past have given way to a new breed of a reconnaissance warsa . The second part deals with settings in which life politics has taken hold and flourished. Bauman argues that the great challenge facing us today is whether we can find new ways to reforge the human diversity that is our fate into the vocation of human solidarity.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0
  • 0745629857
  • 9780745629858
  • 883,633

Back cover copy

Society is under siege - under attack on two fronts: from the global frontier-land where old structures and rules do not hold and new ones are slow to take shape, and from the fluid, undefined domain of life politics. The space between these two fronts, until recently ruled by the sovereign nation-state and identified by social scientists as 'society' is ever more difficult to conceive of as a self-enclosed entity. And this confronts the established wisdom of the social sciences with a new challenge: sovereignty and power are becoming separated from the politics of the territorial nation-state but are not becoming institutionalized in a new space. What are the consequences of this profound transformation of social life? What kind of world will it create for the twenty-first century? This remarkable book - by one of the most original social thinkers writing today - attempts to trace this transformation and to assess its consequences for the life conditions of ordinary individuals. The first part of the book is devoted to the new global arena in which, thanks to the powerful forces of globalization, there is no 'outside', no secluded place to which one can retreat and hide away, and where the territorial wars of the past have given way to a new breed of 'reconnaissance wars'. The second part deals with settings in which life politics has taken hold and flourished. Bauman argues that the great challenge facing us today is whether we can find new ways to reforge the human diversity that is our fate into the vocation of human solidarity.show more

About Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsawshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. PART ONE: GLOBAL POLITICS. Chapter 1. Chasing the Elusive Society. Chapter 2. The Great Separation Mark Two. Chapter 3. Living and Dying in the Planetary Frontier--Land. PART TWO: LIFE POLITICS. Chapter 4. (Un)Happiness of Uncertain Pleasures. Chapter 5. As seen on TV. Chapter 6. Consuming Life. Chapter 7.From Bystander to Actor. CONCLUSION: From Utopia with no Topos. Notes. Indexshow more

Rating details

50 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 16% (8)
4 48% (24)
3 34% (17)
2 0% (0)
1 2% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X