44 Letters From the Liquid Modern World

Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745659632
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This liquid modern world of ours, like all liquids, cannot stand still and keep its shape for long. Everything keeps changing - the fashions we follow, the events that intermittently catch our attention, the things we dream of and things we fear. And we, the inhabitants of this world in flux, feel the need to adjust to its tempo by being ‘flexible' and constantly ready to change. We want to know what is going on and what is likely to happen, but what we get is an avalanche of information that threatens to overwhelm us. How are we to sift the information that really matters from the heaps of useless and irrelevant rubbish? How are we to derive meaningful messages from senseless noise? We face the daunting task of trying to distinguish the important from the insubstantial, distil the things that matter from false alarms and flashes in the pan. Nothing escapes scrutiny so stubbornly as the ordinary things of everyday life, hiding in the light of deceptive and misleading familiarity. To turn them into objects of attention and scrutiny, they must first be torn out from that daily routine: the apparently familiar must be made strange. This is precisely what Zygmunt Bauman seeks to do in these 44 letters: each tells a story drawn from ordinary lives, but tells it in order to reveal an extraordinariness that we might otherwise overlook. Arresting, revealing, disconcerting, these snapshots of life by the most brilliant analyst of our liquid modern world will appeal to a wide readership.

Soziokulturelle Pr ferenzen als Grenze des Marktes

Author: Ulrich Haltern
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 9783161545405
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Im Binnenmarkt geraten kulturelle Eigenheiten der Mitgliedstaaten haufig aus dem Blick. Die Rechtfertigung von Markthindernissen gelingt im Wesentlichen durch das Argument, Marktunvollkommenheiten bekampfen zu wollen. Regulierungen, die ein grosses symbolisches Gewicht fur das gute und richtige Zusammenleben innerhalb der Gesellschaft besitzen, werden marktaffin umformuliert; in diesem Ubersetzungsprozess gehen soziale und kulturelle Bedeutungen verloren. Eine stabile Grenze des Marktes konnte stattdessen durch die selbstbewusste Plausibilisierung soziokultureller Praferenzen der Mitgliedstaaten markiert werden. Dieser Vorschlag wird am Beispiel der Lotterieregulierung, die durch einen reichen genealogischen, religios gepragten und moralisch sensiblen Kontext gepragt ist und sich durch die Logik des Marktes und seiner Unvollkommenheiten nicht ausloten lasst, durchgespielt.

Pape Sat n

Author: Umberto Eco
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446255990
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Menschen, die ihre Handys verschlingen, Bücher, die die Existenz Napoleons bestreiten und Seeräuber, die vorbildliche Kapitalisten abgeben – so absurd die Phänomene der modernen Gesellschaft erscheinen mögen, sie werfen dringliche Fragen auf: Blüht auf dem Boden einer überkorrekten Politik ein neuer Rassismus? Kann man sich im digitalen Dschungel durchschlagen, ohne völlig den Kopf zu verlieren? Ecos Antworten lassen das Röntgenbild einer modernen Gesellschaft entstehen, sie sind ein letztes Geschenk an seine Leser – scharfsinnig, witzig und immer erhellend. „Pape Satàn“ ist ein Buch, das belebend wirkt wie ein gutes Gespräch, und es ist eine Liebeserklärung an das Lesen.

Collateral Damage

Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745637914
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The term ‘collateral damage' has recently been added to the vocabulary of military forces to refer to the unintended consequences of armed interventions, consequences that are unplanned but nevertheless damaging and often very costly in human and personal terms. But collateral damage is not unique to the world of armed intervention - it is also one of the most salient and striking dimensions of contemporary social inequality. The inflammable mixture of growing social inequality and the rising volume of human suffering marginalized as ‘collateral' is becoming one of most cataclysmic problems of our time. For the political class, poverty is commonly seen as a problem of law and order - a matter of how to deal with individuals, such as unemployed youths, who fall foul of the law. But treating poverty as a criminal problem obscures the social roots of inequality, which lie in the combination of a consumerist life philosophy propagated and instilled by a consumer-oriented economy, on the one hand, and the rapid shrinking of life chances available to the poor, on the other. In our contemporary, liquid-modern world, the poor are the collateral damage of a profit-driven, consumer-oriented society - ‘aliens inside' who are deprived of the rights enjoyed by other members of the social order. In this new book Zygmunt Bauman - one of the most original and influential social thinkers of our time - examines the selective affinity between the growth of social inequality and the rise in the volume of ‘collateral damage' and considers its implications and its costs.

Mega Events and Globalization

Author: Richard Gruneau
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317617355
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Since the turn of the twenty first century, there has been a trend for urban "mega events" to be awarded to cities and nations in the East and Global South. Such events have been viewed as economic stimulant as well as opportunities to promote national identity, gain greater international recognition and exercise a form of 'soft power.' However, there has also been on-going controversy about the value, impact and legacy of global mega events in these cities and nations. This book provides a critical examination of the ambition for spectacle that has emerged across the East and Global South. The chapters explore the theoretical and conceptual issues associated with mega-events and new forms of globalization, from the critical political economy of mega-events in a changing world order to the contested social and economic legacies of mega-events and the widespread opposition that increasingly accompanies these events. The book also explores questions of urban development and governance, the role of new communications technologies in global economic expansion, the high security State, and the growing global influence of international non-governmental organizations. This book offers a rich collection of original theoretical contributions and global case studies from leading international scholars from the social sciences and humanities. It offers a fresh and unique interdisciplinary perspective that synthesizes cutting edge research on mega-events and urban spectacles while simultaneously contributing to a broader understanding of the dynamics of global capitalism and international political power in the early twenty first century.

French Divorce Fiction from the Revolution to the First World War

Author: Nicholas White
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351192175
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"One of the primary social changes ushered in by the French Revolution was the legalization of divorce in 1792. Diluted by the Civil Code and suppressed by the Restoration, divorce was only fully established in France by the Loi Naquet of 1884. French Divorce Fiction from the Revolution to the First World War tracks the part played by novels in this conflict between the secular rights of individual citizens and the sanctity of the traditional family. Inspired by the sociologists Zygmunt Bauman and Anthony Giddens, White's account culminates in the first sustained analysis of the role of divorce in the refashioning of life narratives during the early decades of the Third Republic. As such, it redefines the relationships between canonical authors such as Maupassant and Colette, rediscovered women novelists like Marcelle Tinayre and Camille Pert, and long-neglected patriarchs such as Paul Bourget and Anatole France. Nicholas White teaches French in the University of Cambridge where he is a Fellow of Emmanuel College."

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

We Have Never Been Postmodern

Author: Steve Redhead
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748688978
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This book sets out a variety of reasons why we should move away from seeing the recent era as 'postmodern' and our culture as 'postmodernist' through a series of analyses of contemporary culture.

On Education

Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745662056
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What is the role of education in a world where we no longer have a clear vision of the future and where the idea of a single, universal model of humanity seems like the residue of a bygone age? What role should educators play in a world where young people find themselves faced with deep uncertainty about their future, where the prospects of securing a stable, long-term career seem increasingly remote and where intensified population movements have created more diverse communities in which different cultures find themselves living side by side, no longer bound together by the belief that the other would eventually be assimilated into ‘our' culture? Faced with the bewildering features of our liquid modern world, many young people are inclined to withdraw - in some cases into the online world of games and virtual relationships, in other cases into anorexia, depression, alcohol or even drug abuse, hoping to find shelter from a world perceived as more and more dangerous. Others launch into more violent forms of behaviour, like street gangs and the looting carried out by young people who have been excluded from the temples of consumption but are eager to participate in the ceremony. And all this happens while our politicians look on, uncomprehending and indifferent. In this short book Zygmunt Bauman - the leading social theorist of our liquid modern world, here in conversation with Riccardo Mazzeo - reflects on the predicament of young people today and on the role of education and the educator in a world where the certainties of our predecessors can no longer be taken for granted.