Zygmunt Bauman: Dialectic of Modernity

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This measured and thoughtful book provides a comprehensive critical commentary on Bauman's social theory. It explores the roots of his ideas in questions of capital and labour, and explains how these ideas flourished in Bauman's later writings on culture, intellectuals, utopia, the holocaust, modernity and postmodernism.

Bauman's work has been wide-ranging and ambitious. This book fulfils the objective of providing an authoritative critical guide to this essential thinker.

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Editorial Reviews

This four-volume set collects 97 contributions discussing the ideas of postmodern sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, whose interests span many fields and whose critical interpretation heretofore has been scattered across a wide array of disciplines. Arrangement is in sections on background and biography<-->including interviews, appreciations, and contributions by Bauman's significant other, Janina; Socialism and intellectuals; the Holocaust; the Postmodern; ethics; death and religion; sociology and Marxism; and extensions and applications of Bauman's work in many countries. Editor Beilharz (sociology, politics, and anthropology, La Trobe U.) is also one of the contributors. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761967354
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Beilharz is Professor of Sociology at the School of Sociology, Politics and Anthropology, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Volume I
Preface I
Appendix of Sources III
Editor's Introduction: Bauman's Modernity XI
Part 1 Profiles and Surveys
1. Reading Zygmunt Bauman: Looking For Clues 3
2. Modernity, Postmodernity and Ethics: An Interview with Zygmunt Bauman 15
3. The Journey Never Ends: Zygmunt Bauman Talks with Peter Beilharz 27
4. Gesprach mit Janina Bauman und Zygmunt Bauman 38
5. Context and Sociological Horizons 44
6. Three Appreciations of Zygmunt Bauman 63
7. Bauman's Ways of Seeing the World 69
8. Zygmunt Bauman: How to be a Successful Outsider 79
9. Identity and the Limits of Comparison: Bauman's Reception in Germany 86
10. The Right to Inconsistency 101
11. Sociology, Postmodernity and Exile: An Interview with Zygmunt Bauman 128
12. Culture and Power in the Writings of Zygmunt Bauman 146
13. Laudatio fur Zygmunt Bauman 173
14. Zygmunt Bauman 182
15. Demons of Other People's Fear: The Plight of the Gypsies 195
16. The Walls Tighten Around Us 206
17. A Dream of Belonging: My Years in Postwar Poland 233
18. Review of Janina Bauman's Winter in the Morning 249
19. Out of the Ghetto 254
20. A Sad Story 256
21. Endings and Contradictions: Observations on Holocaust Literature 258
Part 2 Socialism and Intellectuals
22. Poland and Britain: Two Concepts of Socialism 271
23. The Origins and Significance of East European Revisionism 280
24. Polish Revisionism: Critical Thinking in Poland from 1953 to 1968 288
25. A Pleading for Revolution: A Rejoinder to Z. Bauman 333
26. The Social Role of Eastern European Intellectuals Reconsidered 341
27. Intellectuals and Modernity: A Post-Modern Perspective 355
Volume II
Part 3 The Holocaust
28. Bauman in Germany: Modern Violence and the Problems of German Self-Understanding 3
29. Modernity and Totalitarianism 12
30. Modernity, Libertarianism and Critical Theory: Reply to Pellicani 29
31. Genocide, Civilization and Modernity 51
32. Genocide and Decivilizing Processes in Germany 67
33. Civilization and Ambivalence 90
34. Holocaust Topologies: Singularity, Politics, Space 106
35. The Holocaust and the Modernization of Gender: A Historiographical Essay 146
36. The Terrorism of Reason in the Thought of Zygmunt Bauman 161
37. Sociology, History and the Holocaust 173
38. Race, Ethnicity and the Rational Organization of Evil 185
39. Modernity, the Holocaust and Politics 192
40. Testimonies and Studies 212
41. The Holocaust, Modernity, and Tough Jews 221
42. Genocide and the Social Production of Immorality 235
43. Uber die Rationalitat des Bosen: Interview mit Zygmunt Bauman 250
44. Modernity and the Holocaust 272
45. Overall Interpretations: Zygmunt Bauman, Jeffrey Herf, Goetz Aly 278
46. Historicizing the Holocaust 297
47. Towards a Geography of the Shoah 315
48. The Critique of Instrumental Rationality 323
Part 4 The Postmodern
49. Zygmunt Bauman's Postmodern Turn 333
50. Postmodern Ethics: The Missing Ground 347
51. Zygmunt Bauman: From Modern to Postmodern 360
52. Zygmunt Bauman 376
53. Modernity, Postmodernity and the New Middle Ages 386
Volume III
54. The Discontented Epoch: Freedom and Security in Bauman's Postmodernity 3
55. Inter Putatorem et Vastitatem: The Ambivalences of the Garden Metaphor in Modernity 17
56. The Consequences of Alterity: Zygmunt Bauman's Modernity and Ambivalence 35
57. Zygmunt Bauman: Personal Reflections Within the Mainstream of Modernity 46
58. Closed Spaces, Restricted Places: The Resurgence of Politics in the Work of Zygmunt Bauman 56
59. Review of Liquid Modernity 63
Part 5 Ethics
60. Why Does Proximity Make a Moral Difference? Coming to Terms with a Lesson Learned from the Holocaust 71
61. Business Ethics and Bauman Ethics 88
62. Postmodernity and the Ethics of Care: Situating Bauman's Social Theory 106
63. An Ethics of the Ephemeral? The Possibilities and Impossibilities of Zygmunt Bauman's Ethics: A Review of Some Recent Books by Zygmunt Bauman 133
64. Making Moral Citizens: On Himmelfarb's De-moralization Thesis 147
65. Durkheim, Morality and Modernity: Collective Effervescence, Homo Duplex and the Sources of Moral Action 163
66. In Defence of a Dialectical Ethic Beyond Postmodern Morality 180
67. Zygmunt Bauman's Poisoned Gift of Morality 191
Part 6 Death and Religion
68. Review of Mortality, Immortality and Other Life Strategies 207
69. Death, Medicine and the Right to Die: An Engagement with Heidegger, Bauman and Baudrillard 214
70. Modernity, Mortality, and Mystery 241
71. Death. So What? Sociology, Sequestration and Emancipation 265
72. Postmodernity, High Modernity and New Modernity: Three Concepts in Search of Religion 282
Part 7 Sociology and Marxism
73. Society under Suspicion: Bauman and Rorty 301
74. Creativity and the Rise of Social Postmodernism: Foucault, Lyotard and Bauman 327
75. Against 'Modernity': A Dissident Rant 348
76. Is Bauman's Bureau Weber's Bureau?: A Comment 369
77. The Stranger and Social Theory 382
78. McFascism? Reading Ritzer, Bauman and the Holocaust 396
Volume IV
79. Counting Memories? Revisiting Bauman, Reading Wright 3
80. Review of Memories of Class Maurizio D'Entreves 13
81. Dead Indians, Flawed Consumers and Snowballs in Hell: On Zygmunt Bauman's New Poor 20
82. After the Poor: A Future With a Past 27
83. Consumers, Identity and Belonging: Reflections on some Theses of Zygmunt Bauman 40
84. Consumption, Identity-Formation and Uncertainty 56
85. Bauman, Intellectuals and Modernity 77
Part 8 Extensions
86. Transcending Modernity? Individualism, Ethics and Japanese Discourses of Difference in the Post-War World 87
87. Hybridity, Globalization and the Stranger 102
88. The Impertinence of Intellectuals: Democracy and Postmodernity in Latin America 139
89. On Communism, Post-Communism, Modernity and Post-Modernity 165
90. Introduction to Organizing Modernity 186
91. Privileged Nomads 215
92. The Color of Jews: Jews, Race, and the White Australia Policy 237
93. The Feminisation of Stigma in the Relationship Between Israelis and Shoah Survivors 260
94. Cannibalism and Bulimia 298
95. Modernity and Behaviour Control 342
96. The Utopics of Modernity 354
97. Authoritarian High Modernism 373
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