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I was invited to attend the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on April 23-34 as part of a consultative group to identify and assess the best ways in which to respond to the challenges of globalization, the economic crisis and climate change, guided by the need to create a ‘Europe of Shared Responsibility’ (the title…
I am aware of two writings by Zygmunt Bauman on education. I will be writing a short paper that summarises the main points made in these as I see them. I’ll post the paper here for comment and discussion if anyone is interested. The two readings are: Educational Challenges of the Liquid-Modern Era in Diogenes…
I have just received a copy of Zygmunt’s 2008 book ‘Does ethics have a chance in world of consumers?’ The image on the cover is quite optimistic I think as it is an oyster shell with a pearl in it. Does the grit of a consumer life produce a pearl of wisdom perhaps? Chapter 4…
Leon posted a link to a fascinating interview with Zygmunt Bauman in a resources blog post.  A couple of things struck me about the interview. It reminded me of an earlier book by Zygmunt – Socialism: the active utopia. I read this shortly after it was published and had just finished reading Ursula Le Guin’s…
I have recently got involved in helping with a politics module on Critical Theory and was delighted to see William Outhwaite featured in the reading list. William was my external examiner in 1989 for my PhD and I have very fond memories of the viva, his support, encouragement and the interest he showed for my…
I thought I would post here about Mark Davis’ recently published book, Freedom and Consumerism: A Critique of Zygmunt Bauman’s Sociology, Ashgate 2008. Mark is the Director of the Bauman Institute and ‘creator’ of this community. He’s probably too modest to post this himself! I haven’t had a chance to look at the book so…