We live in a world which no longer questions itself, which lives from one day to another managing successive crises and struggling to brace itself for new ones, without knowing where it is going and without trying to plan the itinerary. And everything important in our lives -- livelihood, human bonds, partnerships, neighbourhood, goals worth pursuing and dangers to avoid -- feels transient, precarious, vulnerable, insecure, uncertain, risky. Is there a connection between the shape of the world we inhabit and the way we live our lives? Exploring that connection, and finding out just how close it is, is the main concern of this book.<
Zygmunt Bauman Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw. He was awarded the Theodor W. Adorno Prize for 1998.
Introduction. 1. In Search of Public Space. 2. In Search of Agency. Excursus 1: Ideology in the Postmodern World. Excursus. Excursus 2: Tradition and Autonomy in the Postmodern World. Excursus. Excursus 3: Postmodernity and Moral and Cultural Crisis. 3. In Search of Vision. Notes. Index.