1. In Search of Public Space.
2. In Search of Agency.
Excursus 1: Ideology in the Postmodern World. Excursus.
Excursus 2: Tradition and Autonomy in the Postmodern World. Excursus.
Excursus 3: Postmodernity and Moral and Cultural Crisis.
3. In Search of Vision.
'Zygmunt Bauman can be counted among those giants of sociology - C. Wright Mills, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber - who are bound together not by a shared ideological or disciplinary alignment, but by a profound and moral passion. I do not employ the term "moral" in the commonly used sense of "judgmental", but to describe their ability to define the spirit of the age, to ask cutting questions about society's direction, warn of dangers and perceive opportunities ... In Search of Politics is a plea for the return of politics, in the classic sense, politics as a sense of membership of a polis, a community with shared tasks.' Contemporary Politics
'Bauman's thesis is accessible, persuasive and vividly presented ... it flows with ideas and passion.' Sociology
'The book has a clear normative approach, which the strength of Bauman's arguments and the force of his writing make quite compelling ... The great value of this book is Bauman's unique ability to critique the modern categories and values, without at the same time rejecting them out of hand.' Peace Research
* Bauman brings his distinctive approach to bear on a theme which he has not previously addressed in detail: the changing nature of politics in contemporary societies.
* He develops an original and provocative argument about the decline of the public realm and the need for its renewal.