Liquid Love: On the Frailty of Human Bonds

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This book is about the central figure of our contemporary, ‘liquid modern’ times – the man or woman with no bonds, and particularly with none of the fixed or durable bonds that would allow the effort of self-definition and self-assertion to come to a rest. Having no permanent bonds, the denizen of our liquid modern society must tie whatever bonds they can to engage with others, using their own wits, skill and dedication. But none of these bonds are guaranteed to last. Moreover, they must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again, quickly and as effortlessly as possible, when circumstances change – as they surely will in our liquid modern society, over and over again.

The uncanny frailty of human bonds, the feeling of insecurity that frailty inspires, and the conflicting desires to tighten the bonds yet keep them loose, are the principal themes of this important new book by Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most original and influential social thinkers of our time. It will be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology and in the social sciences and humanities generally, and it will appeal to anyone interested in the changing nature of human relationships.

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The production of 'human waste' - or more precisely, wasted lives,the 'superfluous' populations of migrants, refugees and otheroutcasts - is an inevitable outcome of modernization. It is anunavoidable side-effect of economic progress and the quest fororder which is characteristic of modernity.





As long as large parts of the world remained wholly or partlyunaffected by modernization, they were treated by modernizingsocieties as lands that were able to absorb the excess ofpopulation in the 'developed countries'. Global solutions weresought, and temporarily found, to locally produced overpopulationproblems. But as modernization has reached the furthest lands ofthe planet, 'redundant population' is produced everywhere and alllocalities have to bear the consequences of modernity's globaltriumph. They are now confronted with the need to seek - in vain,it seems - local solutions to globally produced problems. Theglobal spread of the modernity has given rise to growing quantitiesof human beings who are deprived of adequate means of survival, butthe planet is fast running out of places to put them. Hence the newanxieties about 'immigrants' and 'asylum seekers' and the growingrole played by diffuse 'security fears' on the contemporarypolitical agenda.





With characteristic brilliance, this new book by Zygmunt Baumanunravels the impact of this transformation on our contemporaryculture and politics and shows that the problem of coping with'human waste' provides a key for understanding some otherwisebaffling features of our shared life, from the strategies of globaldomination to the most intimate aspects of human relationships.
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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
May 3, 2013
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Pages
176
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ISBN
9780745655789
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Sociology / General
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