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Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts
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Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts by Zygmunt Bauman
Discover new books on Goodreads. The book is on the idea of waste, and how modernity produces waste. Hands down the most clearly written academic book that I’ve read as yet. Provocative, beautifully written book. The best part, for me, was his presentation of the transition from a social welfare state to a fear-state, in which the justificaiton of the state is to create, and then baumn, fear.
Still, the book says important things about Modernity and how we treat the groups of people we’d prefer to ignore. That we accept that Afghanistan is both over-run with people worse than Hitler and a safe place to return refugees dl, shows the depth of our rationalisations and self-interested selective memory. Refresh and try again. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There was a time when artists sought perfection too. Also some aspects of wasted lives, such as agency and a grey line between inclusion and exclusion could have been added on to make the theory more hollistic.
Unfortunetaly, now the rich sift through the garbage for anything valuable before it even makes it to the slums. Bauman writes his argument as if he were teaching a graduate seminar course. As long as large parts of the world remained wholly or partlyunaffected by modernization, they were treated baumna modernizingsocieties as scarot that were able to absorb the excess ofpopulation in the ‘developed countries’.
It is fundamentally that which is not needed, but that is necessary in producing things that are necessary. Social problems are increasingly criminalized. Jun 01, Dan rated it liked it Recommends it for: Books by Zygmunt Bauman. Also, the excursus on religion in the final chapter is annoying at best, opinion at worst.
With characteristic brilliance, this new book bbauman Zygmunt Baumanunravels the impact of this transformation on our contemporaryculture and politics and shows that the problem of coping with’human waste’ provides a vjte for understanding some otherwisebaffling features of our shared life, from xcarto strategies of globaldomination to the most intimate aspects of human relationships. Rather than an uncaring universe, we are left with the book of Job — once again we are left with the inscrutable will of God and us merely His playthings.
The alternative is to just look away — but that alternative is becoming daily more difficult. Case in point, the many slums built on top of the garbage heaps here in Manila, where so many people scrounge for anything to live on. Dec 08, Rhys rated it scagto it. Return to Book Page.
I only think it could have been written done a bit more clearly. Vite di scarto by Zygmunt Bauman. There is a fascinating part of this book where he discusses Enron. We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards. There is no cycle and bahman is no commitment to an ongoing relationship – these is just extraction and making off with the goods. You may think he was being cynical or perhaps even ironic — but he was perfectly serious.
He discusses the notion of an infinite God and how the Biblical God required His followers to fully submit to His will to gain His favour. It continues unpacking ideas he expressed in Liquid Fear, and his other books.
Perfect for people who want to start to see the world around us in a critical way. The insight that the author had into his contemporary world is awe-inspiring. Jul 24, Kirsten Dyck rated it it was amazing. This is a remarkably concise and clearly written book. Our burgeoning awarene Another good book by Bauman – and a little more focussed than usual. Refresh and try again. This feels like one of those monographs that really could have been a page article.
Cooperation from many entities is baumn need if you want to address global poverty and wasted lives. Paperbackpages. Mainly the futility of seeking local solutions to global, systemic problems. We will not remove any content for bad language alone, or being critical of a particular book.
But as modernization has reached vitte furthest lands ofthe planet, ‘redundant population’ is produced everywhere and alllocalities have to bear the consequences of modernity’s globaltriumph. Oh, by the way, I am not really interested in answers to these questions — that would be like you supplying me with answers to why Harry Potter should have had dark hair.