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From the Publisher"Some acerbic interpretations of a long-contested word."
Steven Poole, The Guardian
In this new book Zygmunt Bauman - one of the most brilliant and influential social thinkers of our time - retraces the peregrinations of the concept of culture and examines its fate in a world marked by the powerful new forces of globalization, migration and the intermingling of populations. He argues that Europe has a particularly important role to play in revitalizing our understanding of culture precisely because Europe, with its great diversity of peoples, languages and histories, is the space where the Other is always one’s neighbour and where each is constantly called upon to learn from everyone else.
1 Some notes on the historical peregrinations of the concept of 'Culture' 1
2 On fashion, liquid identity and utopia for today – some cultural tendencies in the twenty-first century 18
3 Culture from nation-building to globalization 32
4 Culture in a world of diasporas 51
5 Culture in a uniting Europe 71
6 Culture between state and market 96