Liquid times [electronic resource] : living in an age of uncertainty / Zygmunt Bauman.

by Bauman, Zygmunt, 1925-2017Looking glass; Browns Books for Students [supplier.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Cambridge : Polity, 2007.Description: 115 pages.ISBN: 9780745673288.Subject(s): Freedom of movementLooking glass | IndividualismLooking glass | Social changeLooking glass | Social history -- 1970-Looking glass | UncertaintyLooking glass | Postmodernism -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Electronic booksLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references. Access restrictions: University of the Arts London identification or other form of authentication may be required.Alternative form: Print version: 9780745639871 Liquid timesOnline access: Read this e-book from VLeBooks
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The passage from 'solid' to 'liquid' modernity has created a new and unprecedented setting for individual life pursuits, confronting individuals with a series of challenges never before encountered. Social forms and institutions no longer have enough time to solidify and cannot serve as frames of reference for human actions and long-term life plans, so individuals have to find other ways to organise their lives. They have to splice together an unending series of short-term projects and episodes that don't add up to the kind of sequence to which concepts like 'career' and 'progress' could meaningfully be applied. Such fragmented lives require individuals to be flexible and adaptable - to be constantly ready and willing to change tactics at short notice, to abandon commitments and loyalties without regret and to pursue opportunities according to their current availability. In liquid modernity the individual must act, plan actions and calculate the likely gains and losses of acting (or failing to act) under conditions of endemic uncertainty.

Zygmunt Bauman's brilliant writings on liquid modernity have altered the way we think about the contemporary world. In this short book he explores the sources of the endemic uncertainty which shapes our lives today and, in so doing, he provides the reader with a brief and accessible introduction to his highly original account, developed at greater length in his previous books, of life in our liquid modern times.

Includes bibliographical references.

University of the Arts London identification or other form of authentication may be required.

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Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw.

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