Reading Zygmunt Bauman: Looking for Clues

Thesis Eleven 54 (1):25-36 (1998)

Abstract

Zygmunt Bauman's sociology has had a paradoxical reception, widespread, yet elusive. Partly this is due to its diversity, partly due to Bauman's style, which is often provocative rather than soothing. Whatever the case, Bauman's work is among the most important sources for critical sociology today. This exploratory essay, a flag for a book in progress called Modernity as Ambivalence - Zygmunt Bauman's Sociology indicates some key co-ordinates: modernity and the postmodern, sociology and socialism, Marxism and after, via a scanner of some of the major works, especially Legislators and Interpreters, through Modernity and Ambivalence. Bauman's work is evocative not only because of its critical or historical sensibilities, but also because of its existential and anthropological clues.

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Modernity and Ambivalence.Zygmunt Bauman - 1990 - Theory, Culture and Society 7 (2-3):143-169.
Freedom.Zygmunt Bauman - 1988 - Univ of Minnesota Press.

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