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This is the first single-authored critical engagement with the major works of Zygmunt Bauman. Where previous books on Bauman have been exegetical, here an unwavering light is shone on key themes in the sociologist's work, exposing serious weaknesses in Bauman's interpretations of the Holocaust, Western modernity, consumerism, globalisation and the nature of sociology. The book shows how Eurocentrism, the neglect of issues of gender and a lack of awareness of the racism faced by Europe's non-white ethnic minorities seriously limit Bauman's analyses of Western societies. At the same time, it points to Bauman's repeated insistence on the need for sociologists to take a moral stance in favour of the world's poor and downtrodden as being his most valuable legacy. The book will be of great interest to sociologists. Its readability will be valued by undergraduates and postgraduates and it will attract a readership well beyond the discipline.
Manchester University Press; August 2017
- ISBN: 9781526105882
- Edition: 1
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- Title: Bauman and contemporary sociology
- Author: Ali Rattansi
Imprint: Manchester University Press
In The Press
'Rattansi offers a remarkably comprehensive surveyEL readers come to understand what Bauman was: not a systematic theorist, not an empirical sociologist, but a social philosopher who left enduring insights.' - P. Kivisto, Augustana College (IL), Choice, May 2018
"Rattansi's discussion is a model of clarity and erudition" - Michael Strand, Brandeis University, Social Forces
"Rattansi has written a well-informed assessment of Bauman's writings that provides an excellent critical introduction to this author. Bauman and Con- temporary Sociology is therefore recommended not despite, but rather because of, its judgmental slant." - Sandro Segre, University of Genoa, Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews
About The Author
Ali Rattansi was Professor and is now Visiting Professor of Sociology at City, University of London. His many books include Marx and the Division of Labour, Postmodernism and Society and the Oxford University Press Very Short Introductions to Racism and Multiculturalism.