Bauman and contemporary sociology

A critical analysis

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Author: Ali Rattansi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526105896

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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This is the first single-authored critical engagement with the major works of Zygmunt Bauman. Where previous books on Bauman have been exegetical, here an unwavering light is shone on key themes in the sociologist's work, exposing serious weaknesses in Bauman's interpretations of the Holocaust, Western modernity, consumerism, globalisation and the nature of sociology. The book shows how Eurocentrism, the neglect of issues of gender and a lack of awareness of the racism faced by Europe's non-white ethnic minorities seriously limit Bauman's analyses of Western societies. At the same time, it points to Bauman's repeated insistence on the need for sociologists to take a moral stance in favour of the world's poor and downtrodden as being his most valuable legacy. The book will be of great interest to sociologists. Its readability will be valued by undergraduates and postgraduates and it will attract a readership well beyond the discipline.

The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman

Challenges and Critique

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Author: Michael Hviid Jacobsen,Poul Poder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317015223

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most inspirational and controversial thinkers on the scene of contemporary sociology. For several decades he has provided compelling analyses and diagnoses of a vast variety of aspects of modern and liquid modern living. This book considers the theoretical significance of his contribution to sociology, but also discusses and adopts a critical stance towards his work. The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman introduces and critically appraises some of the most significant as well as some of the lesser known of Bauman's contributions to contemporary sociology. An international team of scholars delineates and discusses how Bauman's treatment of these themes challenges conventional wisdom in sociology, thereby revising and revitalizing sociological theory. As a special feature, the book concludes with Bauman's intriguing reflections and contemplations on his own life and intellectual trajectory, published here for the first time in English. In this postscript aptly entitled 'Pro Domo Sua' ('About Myself'), he describes the pushes and pulls that throughout the years have shaped his thinking.

Retrotopia

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Author: Bauman, Zygmunt

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518754742

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

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»Jedes einzelne von Baumans Büchern in der letzten Dekade kann als Meisterwerk gelesen werden.« Ulrich Beck »Make America great again«, lautet der Leitspruch des amtierenden US-Präsidenten. Nicht »vorwärts« soll es gehen, wie Barack Obama noch im Wahlkampf von 2012 versprochen hatte, sondern zurück zu alter Größe. Die Menschen scheinen die Hoffnung auf ein besseres Leben in der Zukunft aufgegeben zu haben und wenden sich stattdessen einer angeblich guten alten Zeit zu. In seinem letzten zu Lebzeiten vollendeten Buch untersucht der große Soziologe und Philosoph Zygmunt Bauman die Gründe für diese globale Epidemie der Nostalgie. Gut fünfhundert Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung von Thomas Morus’ Utopia, so seine These, haben die Nationalstaaten die Fähigkeit eingebüßt, ihre Versprechen auf Wohlstand und Sicherheit einzulösen. Wer in einer globalisierten Welt nach Orientierung sucht, der richtet seinen Blick daher nicht länger auf einen als Ideal verklärten Ort – einen topos –, sondern in eine untote Vergangenheit.

The Contemporary Bauman

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Author: Anthony Elliott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134130457

Category: Social Science

Page: 278

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This text covers Bauman’s contribution to sociology and social theory. This ideal teaching text analyzes Bauman's shift from a sociology of postmodernity to liquid modernity, and provides a critical assessment of the contemporary Bauman, appraising his novel theory of liquid modernity in terms of its implications for self-identity, interpersonal relationships, culture, communications, and the broad-ranging institutional transformations associated with globalization. In addition to various extracts from Bauman's work, the book also contains a spirited reply from Zygmunt Bauman to both his sympathetic and unsympathetic critics. Bauman concludes by providing a new perspectives on his theory of liquid modernity, its differentiation from the modernity/postmodernity debate and its relation to current developments in contemporary social theory.

Freedom and Consumerism

A Critique of Zygmunt Bauman's Sociology

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Author: Mark Davis,Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754672715

Category: Social Science

Page: 189

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Mark Davis offers a critical enquiry into the sociology of Zygmunt Bauman, focusing on his English-language writings from the 1960s onwards. The book contributes to sociological debates about modern society by offering an interpretation of Bauman's work b

Flüchtige Moderne

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Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518124475

Category: Civilization, Modern

Page: 259

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Zygmunt Bauman Textbook

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Author: Tony Blackshaw

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415355049

Category: Social Science

Page: 170

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This timely book provides the definitive concise introduction to Zygmunt Bauman. A well-written text, it assumes no prior knowledge of his work and will appeal to those wishing to explore the ideas of one of the world's most wide-ranging thinkers.

Culture in a Liquid Modern World

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Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745637167

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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In its original formulation, ‘culture' was intended to be an agent for change, a mission undertaken with the aim of educating ‘the people' by bringing the best of human thought and creativity to them. But in our contemporary liquid-modern world, culture has lost its missionary role and has become a means of seduction: it seeks no longer to enlighten the people but to seduce them. The function of culture today is not to satisfy existing needs but to create new ones, while simultaneously ensuring that existing needs remain permanently unfulfilled. Culture today likens itself to a giant department store where the shelves are overflowing with desirable goods that are changed on a daily basis - just long enough to stimulate desires whose gratification is perpetually postponed. In this new book, Zygmunt Bauman - one of the most brilliant and influential social thinkers of our time - retraces the peregrinations of the concept of culture and examines its fate in a world marked by the powerful new forces of globalization, migration and the intermingling of populations. He argues that Europe has a particularly important role to play in revitalizing our understanding of culture, precisely because Europe, with its great diversity of peoples, languages and histories, is the space where the Other is always one's neighbour and where each is constantly called upon to learn from everyone else.

Wandel der Intimität

Sexualität, Liebe und Erotik in modernen Gesellschaften

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Author: Anthony Giddens

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3105610855

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

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Seit der »sexuellen Revolution« der siebziger Jahre ist das Thema Sexualität in aller Munde. Der Feminismus und das Coming-Out der Homosexuellen haben die tradierten Geschlechterrollen ebenso in Frage gestellt wie die sexuelle Moral. Trotzdem gelten Sex, Liebe und Erotik immer noch als ausschließlich private Bereiche. Der Wandel der Intimität, so zeigt Giddens, betrifft aber ebenso wie unsere ganz persönlichen Beziehungskrisen die Demokratie unserer modernen Gesellschaften. Dieser Wandel geht nicht etwa, wie Konservative behaupten, in die Richtung immer größerer Permissivität und ungehemmten Sex mit möglichst vielen Partnern. Vielmehr entwickeln sich unsere Liebesbeziehungen, Freundschaften und Eltern-Kind-Beziehungen hin zu mehr Partnerschaft und Gegenseitigkeit. »Demokratie«, dafür plädiert Giddens’ umfassende Analyse, ist daher nicht nur eine politische Forderung, sondern ein Schlüsselbegriff für die neue Partnerschaftlichkeit im privaten Leben. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)

Die Rationalitäten des Sozialen

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Author: Andrea Maurer,Uwe Schimank

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3531941186

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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Rationalität ist einer der Leitbegriffe der Moderne. Die Soziologie hat Rationalitätsannahmen an vielen Stellen übernommen und führt sie in vielen ihrer Begriffe, Konzepte und Theorien mit. Aber: Wieviel an Rationalität - und an welchen Stellen braucht - die Soziologie überhaupt und an welchen Stellen ist Rationalitätsskepsis oder gar Rationalitätskritik angebracht? Weil Rationalität sowohl die Moderne als auch die Soziologie nach wie vor fasziniert, muss sich die soziologische Theorie immer wieder selbst- und gegenstandsbezogen damit auseinandersetzen. Dies ist auch das Anliegen des vorliegenden Bandes.

Contemporary Theorists for Medical Sociology

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Author: Graham Scambler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136334238

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Contemporary Theorists for Medical Sociology explores the work of key social theorists and the application of their ideas to issues around health and illness. Encouraging students and researchers to use mainstream sociological thought to inform and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the many arenas of health and healthcare, this text discusses and critically reviews the work of several influential contemporary thinkers, including – Foucault, Bauman, Habermas, Luhmann, Bourdieu, Merleau-Ponty, Wallerstein, Archer, Deleuze, Guattari, and Castells. Each chapter includes a critical introduction to the central theses of a major social theorist, ways in which their ideas might inform medical sociology and some worked examples of how their ideas can be applied. Containing contributions from established scholars, rising stars and innovative practitioners, this book is a valuable read for those studying and researching the sociology of health and illness.

Flüchtige Zeiten

Leben in der Ungewissheit

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Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783936096927

Category: Postmodernism

Page: 167

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Wir leben in einer Welt des Übergangs von der" festen"zur" flüssigen"Moderne. Unsicherheit und Ungewissheit prägen den Alltag vieler Menschen, denen ohne stabile gesellschaftliche Formen und Institutionen ein Bezugsrahmen sowohl für ihr Handeln als auch für langfristige Lebenspläne fehlt und die sich gezwungen sehen, ihr Leben aus einer endlosen Abfolge von kurzfristigen Projekten und Episoden zusammenzuflicken. Konzepte wie" Karriere"oder" Fortschritt"können nur noch von wenigen aktiv verfolgt werden, und" in Sicherheit zu leben"bedeutet schon heute vielerorts - vorausgesetzt, man kann es sich leisten -, bewacht zu werden und abgeschottet zu sein von den Wirren der globalen Megacitys, von Armut und dem" menschlichen Abfall". Der renommierte Soziologe Zygmunt Bauman erkundet in diesem Band die endemische Unsicherheit, die unser heutiges Leben formt. In" flüchtigen Zeiten"wird dem Individuum ein sehr hohes Maß an Flexibilität und Anpassungsfähigkeit abverlangt und die permanente Bereitschaft, Taktiken zu ändern, Verpflichtungen und Loyalitäten ohne Bedauern fallenzulassen und Gelegenheiten je nach kurzfristiger Verfügbarkeit zu ergreifen. Leben bedeutet mit der Ungewissheit umzugehen. Zygmunt Bauman ist Professor emeritus für Soziologie an der Universität Leeds. 1992 erhielt er den Amalfi-Preis für Soziologie und wurde 1998 mit dem Theodor W. Adorno-Preis der Stadt Frankfurt ausgezeichnet. Sein umfangreiches, auch in deutscher Sprache vorliegendes Werk beschäftigt sich mit der Ambivalenz der Moderne, der Postmoderne sowie den Auswirkungen der Globalisierung.

Leben als Konsum

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Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783868542110

Category: Consumption (Economics)

Page: 203

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Mit dem Rüstzeug der sozialwissenschaftlichen Theorie seziert Bauman Gegenwartsphänomene, von der Liebe in Zeiten des Internets, über Jugendmode und Arbeitsmarkt bis hin zu den wachsenden privaten und öffentlichen Schuldenbergen, und zeigt, wie der Konsumismus mit seinen Marktgesetzen alle Lebensbereiche durchdringt und die sozialen Beziehungen verändert. Doch obwohl Konsumieren - als überaus ernstes Freizeitvergnügen und als Voraussetzung für die Teilnahme an der modernen Gesellschaft - unvermeidbar erscheint, vermittelt Baumans pointierter Essay, dass der Zwang zum "Leben als Konsum" auch unterlaufen wird.

Fifty Key Sociologists: The Contemporary Theorists

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Author: John Scott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134262256

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Fifty Key Sociologists: The Contemporary Theorists covers the life, work, ideas and impact of some of the most important thinkers in this discipline. Concentrating on figures writing predominantly in the second half of the twentieth century, such as Zygmunt Bauman, Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler, Michel Foucault and Claude Lévi-Strauss, each entry includes: full cross-referencing a further reading section biographical data key works and ideas critical assessment. Clearly presented in an easy-to-navigate A–Z format, this accessible reference guide is ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociology, cultural studies and general studies, as well as other readers interested in this fascinating field.

Bauman Before Postmodernity

Invitation, Conversations and Annotated Bibliography 1953-1989

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Author: Keith Tester,Zygmunt Bauman,Michael Hviid Jacobsen

Publisher: Aalborg Universitetsforlag

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

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This book is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the work of Zygmunt Bauman. It contains original conversations with Bauman and a detailed guide to his thought, written by two of his leading commentators. Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most important critics of our times. He has changed the way we think about globalization, the Holocaust, ethics and our sense of self. He came to prominence in the 1980s, when he made sociologists and cultural analysts think seriously about postmodernity. This is when his work started to reach a wide audience. But by that time he already had more than thirty years of publications behind him. He had also lived a life which had been shaped by the main events of the European twentieth century; he had been a soldier against Nazism and an exile from the Communist state in Poland. Bauman before Postmodernity rescues Bauman's roots from obscurity and shows how they shaped the work for which he became well-known. In this book, Bauman talks for the first time about his emergence as a sociologist and reflects on the times in which he was destined to live. The book also contains the most thorough catalogue of Bauman's work up to the end of the 1980s, and in-depth discussions of his academic essays from this period.

Contemporary Social Theory

An Introduction

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Author: Anthony Elliott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134083238

Category: Philosophy

Page: 416

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In this comprehensive, stylish and accessible introduction to contemporary social theory, Anthony Elliott examines the major social theoretical traditions. The first edition set new standards for introductory textbooks, such was the far-reaching sweep of social theorists discussed – including Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Julia Kristeva, Jurgen Habermas, Judith Butler, Slavoj Zizek, Manuel Castells, Ulrich Beck, Zygmunt Bauman, Giorgio Agamben and Manuel De Landa. From the Frankfurt School to globalization, from feminism to the network society, this new edition has been fully revised and updated, taking into account the most recent developments in social theory. The second edition also contains a completely new chapter on classical social theory, allowing students to contextualise the modern debates. Like its predecessor, the second edition of Contemporary Social Theory combines stylish exposition with reflective social critique and original insights. This new edition will prove a superb textbook with which to navigate the twists and turns of contemporary social theory as taught in the disciplines of sociology, politics, history, cultural studies and many more.

Globalization

The Human Consequences

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Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231114295

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 136

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1 Time and Class

Handbook of Social Theory

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Author: George Ritzer,Barry Smart

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1847876730

Category: Social Science

Page: 552

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This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the roots, current debates and future development of social theory. It draws together a team of outstanding international scholars and presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the field. The volume is divided into three parts. The first part examines the classical tradition. Included here are critical discussions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Freud, Mannheim and classical feminist thought. This part conveys the classical tradition as a living resource in social theory, it demonstrates not only the critical significance of classical writings, but their continuing relevance. The second part moves on to examine the terrain of contemporary social theory. The contributions discuss the significance and strengths and weaknesses of structural functionalism, recent Marxian theory, critical theory, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, ethnomethodology, exchange theory, rational choice, contemporary feminism, multiculturalism, postmodernism, the thought of Foucault and Habermas, and figurational sociology. The reader gains a comprehensive and informed picture of the key issues and central figures of the day. The final part ranges over the key debates in current social theory. Questions relating to positivism, metatheorizing, cultural studies, consumption, sexualities, the body, globalism, nationalism, socialism, knowledge societies, ethics and morality, as well as post-social relations are fully discussed. The dilemmas and promise of contemporary social theory are revealed with pinpoint accuracy.