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The Individualized Society.

Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We are spurred into action by our troubles and fears; but all too often our action fails to address the true causes of our worries. When trying to make sense of our lives, we tend to blame our own failings and weaknesses for our discomforts and defeats. And in doing so, we make things worse rather than better. Reasonable beings that we are, how does this happen and why does it go on happening?These are the questions  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Bauman, Zygmunt.
Individualized Society.
Hoboken : Wiley, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Zygmunt Bauman
ISBN: 9780745657035 0745657036
OCLC Number: 852758630
Description: 1 online resource (270 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Lives told and stories lived: an overture; The Way We Are; 1 The rise and fall of labour; 2 Local orders, global chaos; 3 Freedom and security: the unfinished story of a tempestuous union; 4 Modernity and clarity: the story of a failed romance; 5 Am I my brother's keeper?; 6 United in difference; The Way We Think; 7 Critique --
privatized and disarmed; 8 Progress: the same and different; 9 Uses of poverty; 10 Education: under, for and in spite of postmodernity; 11 Identity in the globalizing world; 12 Faith and instant gratification. The Way We Act13 Does love need reason?; 14 Private morality, immoral world; 15 Democracy on two battlefronts; 16 Violence, old and new; 17 On postmodern uses of sex; 18 Is there life after immortality?; Notes.

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We are spurred into action by our troubles and fears; but all too often our action fails to address the true causes of our worries. When trying to make sense of our lives, we tend to blame our own failings and weaknesses for our discomforts and defeats. And in doing so, we make things worse rather than better. Reasonable beings that we are, how does this happen and why does it go on happening?These are the questions addressed in this new book by Zygmunt Bauman - one of the most original and perceptive social thinkers writing today. For Bauman, the task of sociology is not to censor.

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