This book is dedicated to this task. Bauman selects five of the
basic concepts which have served to make sense of shared human life
- emancipation, individuality, time/space, work and community - and
traces their successive incarnations and changes of meaning.
Liquid Modernity concludes the analysis undertaken in Bauman's two previous books Globalization: The Human Consequences and In Search of Politics. Together these volumes form a brilliant analysis of the changing conditions of social and political life by one of the most original thinkers writing today.
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"Liquid Modernity is Zygmunt Bauman's term for the
present condition of the world as contrasted with the 'solid'
modernity that preceded it ... He is a vivid and original writer
with an eye for the revealing personal experience.'
Dennis Wrong, Times Literary Supplement
"Zygmunt Bauman can be counted among those giants of sociology -
C. Wright Mills, Émile Durkheim, Max Weber - who are bound
together not by a shared ideological or disciplinary alignment, but
by a profound and moral passion. I do not employ the term "moral"
in the commonly used sense of "judgmental", but to describe their
ability to define the spirit of the age, to ask cutting questions
about society's direction, warn of dangers and perceive
"These books mark an important advance in Bauman's project. He
seems to be trying to bring the intellectuals back into the game,
twitting them for their passivity. Bauman wants social critics to
take a more active role, taking a lead by showing how the
relationships between individuals and society and between the
private and public spheres may be rearticulated and the spirit of
the agora restored to social and political life."
British Journal of Sociology
"His work is essential reading for those political theorist who
feel that part of their task is to elaborate relevant and
compelling normative critique."
Contemporary Political Theory
"Bauman lucidly depicts what others call the 'postmodern
situation' a term that he painstakingly avoids, and his analysis is
important for anyone interested in cultural criticism"
Caterina Norlin-Brage, Religious Studies
"One of post-modernity's great commentators."
Pete Ward, Church Times
Afterthoughts: On Writing; on Writing Sociology.