Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman
August 2001, Polity
In this new book, Zygmunt Bauman and Keith Tester engage in five accessible conversations that uncover and explore the assumptions and commitments underpinning Bauman's ground-breaking social thought. The conversations show how those commitments have influenced Bauman's analyses of modernity, postmodernity and ‘liquid modernity'. The book ranges widely, from autobiographical reflection through to pointers for the understanding and future of Bauman's social thought. The conversations illustrate the moral substance of Bauman's refusal to accept that the world cannot be made different. They show why social thought is a human necessity.
Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman is a book which will offer fresh insight into Bauman's work for those who are familiar with it, and provide an engaging and helpful entry point for those who are new to it.
Conversation 1: Context and Sociological Horizons.
Conversation 2: Ethics and Human Values.
Conversation 3: The Ambivalence of Modernity.
Conversation 4: Individualization and Consumer Society.
Conversation 5: Politics.
Keith Tester is Professor of Social Theory, University of Portsmouth
- A unique and incisive set of interviews with one of the world's leading social thinkers
- Gives important background on the assumptions underpinning Bauman's work
With an introduction by Keith Tester that helps to contextualize Bauman's work
It is very readable. It provides a clear introduction to Bauman's ideas in a much more concise and open style than is otherwise possible ploughing through his volumous works. As such it is to be highly recomendable" Gary Pattison, University of Southampton, Network