This is not a Diary

This is not a Diary

by Zygmunt Bauman
     
 

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This is not a diary: while these observations were recorded in autumn 2010 and spring 2011 in the form of dated entries, they are not a personal reflection but an attempt to capture signs of our times in their movement - possibly at birth, at a stage when they are still barely perceptible, and in any case before they have matured into common, all too familiar forms,

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This is not a diary: while these observations were recorded in autumn 2010 and spring 2011 in the form of dated entries, they are not a personal reflection but an attempt to capture signs of our times in their movement - possibly at birth, at a stage when they are still barely perceptible, and in any case before they have matured into common, all too familiar forms, escaping our attention due to their banality. Some will perhaps settle in our daily life for a long time to come, others will fade and vanish before they would otherwise have a chance to be noted, recorded and explored in depth: in our fast-moving, protean and kaleidoscopic world, it is hardly possible to predict their future course and to decide in advance which of them will grow in volume and significance and which will prove to have been still-born. Whatever their fate, the author tried to take a leaf from William Blake's precept of seeing the universe in a grain of sand - and, having done so, alert us to what is or may be happening to our individual lives, forms of togetherness, shared prospects; to the ways we perceive and relate to each other, the forces that shape our life chances and itineraries; and to the ways we try to control, or at least influence, and sometimes even reform for the better, some or all those dimensions of our existence.

These timely meditations by one of the most perceptive social thinkers of our time will appeal to a wide range of readers.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If Bauman had posted the pieces of this book on the internet as he went along, it would have been the world's best blog. But I'm glad he didn't."
Steven Poole, The Guardian

"Bauman, like all the best teachers, encourages independent thinking and insists only that it is informed and above all critical ... Highly recommended."
Morning Star

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745661025
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/08/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
File size:
467 KB

Meet the Author

Zygmunt Bauman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at University of Leeds.

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