Introduction: Collateral damage of social inequality 1
1 From the agora to the marketplace 10
2 Requiem for communism 27
3 The fate of social inequality in liquid modern times 40
4 Strangers are dangers . . . Are they indeed? 52
5 Consumerism and morality 72
6 Privacy, secrecy, intimacy, human bonds – and other collateral casualties of liquid modernity 83
7 Luck and the individualization of remedies 94
8 Seeking in modern Athens an answer to the ancient Jerusalem question 104
9 A natural history of evil 128
10 Wir arme Leut' . . . 150
11 Sociology: whence and whither? 160
"A wise old man, raging against the rise of new evils and yet retaining a passion for a redemptive and transformative mission for sociology and its concerns, is something laudable."
Times Higher Education
- Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most original and influential social thinkers of our time.
- This new book focuses on social inequality. Poverty is often seen as a problem of law and order, but this obscures the social roots of inequality, which lie in the combination of a consumerist life philosophy and the shrinking life chances available to the poor. The poor are the collateral damage of a profit-driven, consumer-oriented society - they are ‘aliens inside’ who are deprived of the rights enjoyed by other members of society.
- This book represents a significant new advance on Bauman’s previous writings on liquid modernity. Here he confronts systematically and for the first time the phenomenon of social inequality in our contemporary global age.
- Bauman has a large following and his books are widely read outside of higher education. This book will also appeal to students in sociology, politics, cultural studies and related subjects.