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Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts by Zygmunt Bauman
Feb 29, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: But what is particularly interesting here is that Bauman talks of this as people submitting to God as a means of overcoming their fear of the infinite — the uncaring infinity against which we are nothing.
Lists with This Book. This book offers no real solutions — but for holding up a mirror in which we can see ourselves reflected back, it provides us with a service I suspect too few of us will be grateful for. And we all know the consequences of such a designation. It is anunavoidable side-effect of economic progress and the quest fororder which is characteristic of modernity.
I only think it could have been written done a bit more clearly. These acts appear similar but are not one in the same thing. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
It is fundamentally that which is not needed, but that is necessary in producing things that are necessary. Want to Read saving…. But today there aren’t these extra spaces so the wasted lives are crowded in cities and are refugees who are a problem we need to solve.
And as with mining, so with Capitalism. Feb 11, Jorge Caballero rated it really liked it. Mar 26, Eric Aguirre rated it it was amazing. I would recommend it after all. 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 manage, fear.
Bauman relates this to art too. Several great concepts articulating what we already know: You may think he was being cynical or perhaps even ironic — but he was perfectly serious. Mainly the futility of seeking local solutions to global, systemic problems. Oh, by the svarto, 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.
This results in continuous production of collateral casualties of modernity.
Trivia About Wasted Lives: More philosophical musings than official study. Once I attended a meeting in my role as a union organiser where a manager was explaining a new organisational structure.
Such is the grinding necessity of averages.
Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts
This is not to say his work is academic and beyond a readers understanding of his thoughts — in fact he writes quite plainly and many of his ideas are well thought out. Return to Book Page. If I cite an event, that is much more difficult to turn into a commodity.
Bauman writes his argument as if he were teaching a graduate seminar course. We truly are the waste society. Open Preview See a Problem?
The problem now is baumann the world is full. As long as large parts of the world remained wholly or partlyunaffected by moder The production of ‘human waste’ – or more precisely, wasted lives, the ‘superfluous’ populations of migrants, refugees and otheroutcasts – is an inevitable outcome of modernization.