Modernity and Ambivalence

Modernity and Ambivalence

by Zygmunt Bauman
     
 

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Modernity, argues Bauman, promised to bring the kind of clarity and transparency to human life that only reason can offer. This has not happened, and today we no longer believe that it ever will. We are ever more acutely aware of the irredeemable contingency of our existence, choices, identities and life-projects. Bauman goes on to examine why modernity did not… See more details below

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Modernity, argues Bauman, promised to bring the kind of clarity and transparency to human life that only reason can offer. This has not happened, and today we no longer believe that it ever will. We are ever more acutely aware of the irredeemable contingency of our existence, choices, identities and life-projects. Bauman goes on to examine why modernity did not deliver its promise. He argues that the answers lie in the promise itself and in the self-defeating nature of all attempts to fulfil it. Our post-modern age, Bauman suggests, is the time for reconciliation with ambivalence, and the time to learn how to live in an incurably ambiguous world.

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'Both parts [of the book] contain powerful critiques whichcontribute significantly to an area of debate which is rapidlycoming to define the very promise of the sociological project.'Sociology

'An argument rich in insight, imposing in its range andreference.' New Statesman and Society

'A fascinating and highly original book which tells the story ofmodern men and women entrapped in ambivalence.' Agnes Heller,New School for Social Research

'[A] remarkable and passionate text.' Sociology

'Sensitive and intellectually highly stimulating work,Modernity and Ambivalence fuses the parochial and theuniversal, the historical and the theoretical, in a masterlyfashion.' Muslim World Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745638119
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/08/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
1 MB

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