Society under Siege
November 2002, Polity
This remarkable book – by one of the most original social thinkers writing today – attempts to trace this transformation and to assess its consequences for the life conditions of ordinary individuals. The first part of the book is devoted to the new global arena in which, thanks to the powerful forces of globalization, there is no 'outside', no secluded place to which one can retreat and hide away, and where the territorial wars of the past have given way to a new breed of 'reconnaissance wars'. The second part deals with settings in which life politics has taken hold and flourished. Bauman argues that the great challenge facing us today is whether we can find new ways to reforge the human diversity that is our fate into the vocation of human solidarity.
PART ONE: GLOBAL POLITICS.
Chapter 1. Chasing the Elusive Society.
Chapter 2. The Great Separation Mark Two.
Chapter 3. Living and Dying in the Planetary Frontier-Land.
PART TWO: LIFE POLITICS.
Chapter 4. (Un)Happiness of Uncertain Pleasures.
Chapter 5. As seen on TV.
Chapter 6. Consuming Life.
Chapter 7.From Bystander to Actor.
CONCLUSION: From Utopia with no Topos.
- A major new book by Zygmunt Bauman, one of the leading social theorists in the world today.
- Addresses the changing nature of global politics and of life politics – and the relations between them.
Deals with a range of very topical issues such as the changing nature of war and military conflict in the aftermath of 11th September.
Bauman argues that the great challenge facing us today is to find new ways to reforge human diversity into human solidarity.