This is not a Diary
February 2012, Polity
These timely meditations by one of the most perceptive social thinkers of our time will appeal to a wide range of readers.
On the sense and senselessness of diary-keeping; On the usefulness of fighting windmills; On virtual eternity; On farming words; On superpower, superbroke; On averages; On multi-tasking; On the blind leading the impotent; On Gypsies and democracy; On fading trust and blooming arrogance; On the right to be angry
On the right to get richer; On many cultures, and one cover-up; On don't say you haven't been warned; On the quandaries of believing; On Cervantes, father of humanities; On one more war of attrition, A.D. 2010-?
On why Americans see no light at the end of the tunnel
On the war to end wars; On hurting flies and killing people; Jerusalem vs. Athens revisited; On why students are restless again; On respect and scorn; On some (not all!) of my idiosyncrasies; On the new looks of inequality; On re-socializing the social; On the friends you have and friends you think you have; On the front pages and other pages; On (selected) quandaries; On whether "democracy" still means anything, and in case it does, what is it?
On The Angel of History, reincarnated...; On finding consolation in unexpected places; On the growth: do we need it?; On sustainability: this time, of social democracy; On consumption getting richer and the planet poorer; On justice, and how to know it is there; On internet, anonymity and irresponsibility; On collateral damages and casualties of cuts; On one of many pages torn out from the history of democratic crusade; On immoral axes and moral axmen; On Berlusconi, and on Italy; On keeping him in by being kept out; On people in the streets
On glocalization coming of age; On what to do with the young; On the not-for-anybody virtues; On blessings and curses of not-taking-sides; On human tsunami, and thereafter; On the bottoms beneath the bottoms; On being out inside, and inside but out; On miracles, and not quite miracles; On Facebook, intimacy, and extimacy; On building fortresses under siege; On American Dream: time for obituaries?
On H. G. Wells', and mine, last dream and testament
- This is an engaging new book from one of the most influential and widely read sociologists in the world today.
- The book is presented in the form of diary entries written over a period of 6 months, but the entries are not autobiographical: rather, they are Bauman’s reflections on the events taking place in the world between autumn 2010 and spring 2011.
- He focuses on topical events like the crises of public sector debt in Greece, Ireland and elsewhere, the expulsion of the Roma by the French government, the uprisings in North Africa, etc., in each case interpreting these events and reflecting on their broader significance.
- This book will appeal to a wide audience of general readers interested in current affairs.
Steven Poole, The Guardian
"Bauman, like all the best teachers, encourages independent thinking and insists only that it is informed and above all critical ... Highly recommended."