THE CONTEMPORARY BAUMAN

Edited by ANTHONY ELLIOTT
288pp 2007 LIST PRICE: £31.99 (P) S325

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A volume of representative extracts from, and detailed critical assessment of, Zygmunt Bauman's recent work on his theory of liquid modernity (a term defining his view of the present condition of the world, where the individual must act, plan actions and calculate the likely gains and losses of acting under conditions of endemic uncertainty). It covers the implications for self-identity, interpersonal relationships, culture, communications and the broad-ranging institutional transformations associated with globalisation. The book also contains a spirited reply from Bauman to both his sympathetic and unsympathetic critics, in which he concludes by providing a new perspective on his theory, its differentiation from the modernity/post-modernity debate and its relation to current developments in contemporary social theory.