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Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts

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. And we all know the consequences of such a designation.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Bauman’s “Wasted Lives” is interesting and quite readable, but if you’re looking for anything other than straight-up theory, this ain’t it. Oh, by the way, 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. It is fundamentally that which is not needed, but that is necessary in producing things that are necessary.

But what is particularly interesting here is that Bauman talks of this as people submitting to God as a means of buaman their fear of the infinite — the uncaring infinity against which we are nothing. But we ignore the consequences that are already playing out in terms zygmnut mental illness and general fear. Kent rated it liked it Jul 30, Nov 24, Henrique Cassol rated it it was amazing.

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Also he certainly has some valid poinst. Modernity and Its Outcasts a graphic and pessimistic description of ostracism in contemporary society. You plant a seed and you harvest many seeds. Still, the book says important things about Modernity and how we treat the groups of people we’d prefer to ignore.

Perfect for people who want to start to see the world around us in a critical way.

A very pleasing and quick read, Bauman weaves history into his analysis of modernity and it is entertaining yet confronting. Social problems are increasingly criminalized.

Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts by Zygmunt Bauman

Once I attended a meeting in my role as a union organiser where a manager was explaining a new organisational structure. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mar 26, Eric Aguirre rated it it was amazing. Particularly if one takes into account that Bauman was 79 sic! It is clear in ways few sociologists are clear. If I paint a picture it gets put in a frame and sold to the highest bidder.

I started to think more carefully about the roots of my feelings lievs security and vulnerability, and more critically about my penchant for newer, more flexible things. Where I found this most interesting and most challenging was around the notion of the infinite. In the process of extracting that value it is inevitable that there will be waste.


That is, the company might expect hard work from its employees out of fearbut loyalty and commitment would probably match that shown to the employees by the company.

All of us know that it is far too easy for us to be defined as waste and as redundant. View bwuman 7 comments. Also, the excursus on religion in the final chapter is annoying at best, opinion at worst.

Another good book by Bauman – and a little more focussed than usual. If I stage an event, that is much more difficult to turn into a commodity. Modernity and Its Outcasts by Zygmunt Bauman. He does not cite sources or support his argument with quantifiable data because he assumes at this level you understand his viewpoint, and it works well.

It continues unpacking ideas he expressed in Liquid Fear, and his other books. The book is on the idea of waste, and how modernity produces waste.