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Liquid Times

Living in an Age of Uncertainty

By Zygmunt Bauman

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| Paperback | 9780745639871

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The passage from 'solid' to 'liquid' modernity has created a new and unprecedented setting for individual life pursuits, confronting individuals with a series of challenges never before encountered. Social forms and institutions no longer have enough Continue

The passage from 'solid' to 'liquid' modernity has created a new and unprecedented setting for individual life pursuits, confronting individuals with a series of challenges never before encountered. Social forms and institutions no longer have enough time to solidify and cannot serve as frames of reference for human actions and long-term life plans, so individuals have to find other ways to organise their lives. They have to splice together an unending series of short-term projects and episodes that don't add up to the kind of sequence to which concepts like 'career' and 'progress' could meaningfully be applied. Such fragmented lives require individuals to be flexible and adaptable - to be constantly ready and willing to change tactics at short notice, to abandon commitments and loyalties without regret and to pursue opportunities according to their current availability. In liquid modernity the individual must act, plan actions and calculate the likely gains and losses of acting (or failing to act) under conditions of endemic uncertainty. Zygmunt Bauman's brilliant writings on liquid modernity have altered the way we think about the contemporary world.
In this short book he explores the sources of the endemic uncertainty which shapes our lives today and, in so doing, he provides the reader with a brief and accessible introduction to his highly original account, developed at greater length in his previous books, of life in our liquid modern times.

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    "Liquid Times" Is a very short book by an author that explains in an authorized and scientific voice one of the phenomena that is happening in our current times: the fact that our lives are no solid thing any more. One is not any more intended to sta ...(continue)

    "Liquid Times" Is a very short book by an author that explains in an authorized and scientific voice one of the phenomena that is happening in our current times: the fact that our lives are no solid thing any more. One is not any more intended to start a long term relationship with the world at the moment of birth and become an old and respectable member of society. Instead, one is meant to live a life of struggle and continuous movement from one job to another while independently trying to build some nest capital for the future. This leads to more individualism and less people willing to give back anything to society, instead, people want everything and they want it now; besides, they are afraid of losing what they have precariously obtained such as wealth or health; and those fears are well exploded by the government and the private industry (for example pharmaceutics and personal safety companies, the auto industry and so forth).

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Book Details

  • Rating:
    (16)
    • 4 stars
  • English Books
  • Paperback 128 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0745639879
  • ISBN-13: 9780745639871
  • Publisher: Polity Press
  • Publish date: 2006-12-01
  • Dimensions: 64 mm x 838 mm x 1,160 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , eBook
  • In other languages: other languages 简体书
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