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Mortality, immortality and other life strategies

Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is an exploration, from a sociological point of view, of what is still a taboo subject in modern societies: death and dying. In a sustained and gripping argument, it puts forward a theory  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zygmunt Bauman
ISBN: 0804721637 9780804721639 0804721645 9780804721646
OCLC Number: 27424307
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge, England : Polity Press, ©1992.
Description: 215 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Living with Death. Knowledge that cannot be believed. The existential ambivalence of being. Coping with ambivalence: a brief survey of expedients. The mortal roots of culture's immortality. The game of survival. Yearning for face, fleeing from face. The loneliness of terror --
2. Bidding for Immortality. Immortality, the great de-equalizer. Private roads to immortality. Immortal thoughts, immortal thinkers. The loneliness of immortality. Immortality as shelter. The precarious survival of immortality. Immortality into notoriety --
3. The Selfish Species. The cultural take-over. Death suffered, death defied. Power-assisted universality. Selfish societies. Constructing the nation's immortality. Survival as group privilege. Immortality dressed as history. Mortality collectivized --
4. Modernity, or Deconstructing Mortality. The Other of emancipation. The stratifying magic. Modern promises, modern fears. Killing death --
5. Postmodernity, or Deconstructing Immortality. Eternity decomposed. Now, wonderful now. Making history in a world without history. Death's disappearing act. Games and spectacles. Death daily rehearsed. Beneficiaries and victims --
Postscript: "To die for...', or Death and Morality.
Responsibility: Zygmunt Bauman.

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