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51 Retrotopia e Zygmunt Bauman   University of Leeds This compelling new book from Zygmunt Bauman argues that, although we have lost our faith in the idea that human beings can achieve human happiness in a future ideal state, the human aspiration behind that ambition has not died. Rather, it is re-emerging as a vision focused on an abandoned and undead past that we could call retrotopia. • In this latest book by leading social thinker Zygmunt Bauman, he examines the dangers of the idea that modern societies are increasingly attracted to visions of the future that lie in the past, and links it into topical issues such as resurgent nationalism and inequality • He argues that utopian visions of collectively forging a new and perfect society have lost credibility, but what replaced them is growing tendency today to seek salvation by invoking nostalgic visions of a past age, real or imagined • This has manifested itself in a rising tide of populism, in the form of figures like Donald Trump, but it has at its core a yearning for solidarity and the reversal of inequality • This book will be of interest to students and scholars interested in sociology, politics, nationalism and inequality, and general readers interested in the politics of nostalgia and memory, nationalism and populism Print ISBN: 978-1-5095-1531-8 | CL | €67.90 / 978-1-5095-1532-5 | PR | €20.90 | JAN 2017 | 180PP About the Author Zygmunt Bauman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds.


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