44 Letters from the Liquid Modern World

44 Letters from the Liquid Modern World

By: Zygmunt Bauman (author)Paperback

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This liquid modern world of ours, like all liquids, cannot standstill and keep its shape for long. Everything keeps changing - thefashions we follow, the events that intermittently catch ourattention, the things we dream of and things we fear. And we, theinhabitants of this world in flux, feel the need to adjust to itstempo by being flexible' and constantly ready to change. Wewant to know what is going on and what is likely to happen, butwhat we get is an avalanche of information that threatens tooverwhelm us.

How are we to sift the information that really matters from theheaps of useless and irrelevant rubbish? How are we to derivemeaningful messages from senseless noise? We face the daunting task of trying to distinguish the importantfrom the insubstantial, distil the things that matter from falsealarms and flashes in the pan. Nothing escapes scrutiny so stubbornly as the ordinary things ofeveryday life, hiding in the light of deceptive and misleadingfamiliarity. To turn them into objects of attention and scrutiny,they must first be torn out from that daily routine: the apparentlyfamiliar must be made strange. This is precisely what ZygmuntBauman seeks to do in these 44 letters: each tells a story drawnfrom ordinary lives, but tells it in order to reveal anextraordinariness that we might otherwise overlook.

Arresting, revealing, disconcerting, these snapshots of life bythe most brilliant analyst of our liquid modern world will appealto a wide readership.

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Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds


1 On writing letters from a liquid modern world 1

2 Crowded solitude 6

3 Parents and children conversing 10

4 Offline, online 14

5 As the birds do 18

6 Virtual sex 22

7 Strange adventures of privacy (1) 26

8 Strange adventures of privacy (2) 30

9 Strange adventures of privacy (3) 34

10 Parents and children 38

11 Teenager spending 42

12 Stalking the Y generation 46

13 Freedom's false dawn 50

14 The arrival of child-women 54

15 It is the eyelash's turn 58

16 Fashion, or being on the move 62

17 Consumerism is not just about consumption 67

18 Whatever happened to the cultural elite 71

19 Drugs and diseases 75

20 Swine flu and other reasons to panic 79

21 Health and inequality 83

22 Be warned 87

23 The world inhospitable to education? (part one) 91

24 The world inhospitable to education? (part two) 95

25 The world inhospitable to education? (part three) 99

26 Ghosts of New Years past and New Years to come 102

27 Predicting the unpredictable 106

28 Calculating the incalculable 111

29 Phobia s twisted trajectories 115

30 Interregnum 119

31 Whence the superhuman force and what for? 123

32 Back home, you men? 128

33 Escape from crisis 132

34 Is there an end to depression? 136

35 Who says you have to live by the rules? 141

36 The phenomenon of Barack Obama 146

37 Culture in a globalized city 149

38 The voice of Lorna s silence 153

39 Strangers are dangers ... Are they, indeed? 157

40 Tribes and skies 163

41 Drawing boundaries 167

42 How good people turn evil 172

43 Fate and character 178

44 Albert Camus, or: I rebel, therefore we exist .. . 182

Notes 186

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/05/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780745650579
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780745650579
  • weight: 316
  • ISBN10: 0745650570

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