Zygmunt Bauman’s ’liquid sociology’ confronts the awesome task of reminding individual men and women that an alternative way of living together is within our eminent capabilities, if only we start to think differently about our world. The metaphor of ’liquidity’, which has become such a prominent feature of his writings since 2000, provides us with just such a new interpretation, with a novel ’way of seeing’. Each chapter in this unique collection takes seriously Bauman’s analysis of modernity as ’liquid’, throwing new light upon global social problems, as well as opening up a space for assessing the nature of Bauman’s contribution to sociology, and for understanding what may be gained and lost by embracing an artistic sensibility within the social sciences. With contributions from internationally renowned scholars, this book will appeal to all those interested in Bauman’s work, especially within sociology, social, political and cultural theory, and to anyone curious about the value of metaphor in interpreting the social world.
Mark Davis is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the founder and Director of the Bauman Institute, the author of Freedom and Consumerism: A Critique of Zygmunt Bauman’s Sociology and co-editor of Bauman’s Challenge: Sociological Issues for the Twenty-First Century.
’Bauman is important for what he says. He’s also important for how he says it. His is a sociology which makes us think and act for ourselves. This new collection edited by Mark Davis uncovers Bauman’s method. The book adds to our knowledge of Bauman and, indeed, to reflection on the sociological enterprise itself. This collection matters.’ Keith Tester, University of Hull, UK