The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman by Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Poul Poder, Michael Hviid

By Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Poul Poder, Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Poul Poder

Zygmunt Bauman is likely one of the such a lot inspirational and arguable thinkers at the scene of latest sociology. For numerous many years he has supplied compelling analyses and diagnoses of an enormous number of elements of contemporary and liquid glossy dwelling. His paintings is more and more popularized, appraised and followed. This ebook considers the theoretical value of his contribution to sociology, but in addition discusses and adopts a serious stance in the direction of his work.''The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman'' introduces and significantly appraises essentially the most major in addition to a few of the lesser identified and ignored of Bauman's contributions to modern sociology: ethics, freedom, utopia, genocide, metaphors, ambivalence, politics, strangers, globalization, energy and consumerism. during this assortment, a world crew of students delineates and discusses how Bauman's remedy of those issues demanding situations traditional knowledge in sociology, thereby revising and revitalizing sociological thought. As a unique function, the publication concludes with Bauman's exciting reflections and contemplations on his personal existence and highbrow trajectory released the following for the 1st time in English. during this postscript aptly entitled 'Pro Domo Sua' ('About Myself'), he describes the pushes and pulls that in the course of the years have formed his pondering.

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Thus, instead of accepting the notion that ‘the poor will always be with us’ we need to look at the social and structural reasons behind and upholding this ‘reality’. Bauman’s writing, his use of insightful human metaphors forcing us to think differently about our social and cultural arrangements, recalls us to our moral responsibility for the Other. As he asserts: “The poor will always be with us, but what it means to be poor depends on the kind of ‘us’ they are ‘with’” (Bauman 1998b:1). So what, according to Bauman, is it like to be poor in our times of ‘liquid modernity’?

It is there before any reassurance or proof and after any excuse or absolution (Bauman 1993:250). Bauman on Metaphors 37 Bauman’s life, his unparalleled intellectual output, his unique and unorthodox way of practising and writing sociology; all of these are informed by his innate humanism, by his determination to force us to hear the ‘inaudible call’ (Bauman 1995:60) of the Other, to make us moral, responsible. He develops Jean-Francois Lyotard’s idea of children as the metaphor of humanity itself.

Just as the fisherman casts a net into the sea in order to catch fish, so too Bauman casts his net of metaphors into the social world to ‘catch’ insights into our daily lives which have previously slipped through the sociological ‘net’. In the second part of the piece, the discussion moves on to an appraisal of the implications of this strategy for the practice of sociology itself. Bauman does not present himself as an ‘expert’, as somebody who knows all the answers. His approach utterly avoids any tendency towards the hubristic or lethal ‘what is to be done’ mode.

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