Below is a sample of some of our key publications. Please visit individual staff pages for an up-to-date record of publications by members of the Bauman Institute.

‘Deferred Lives’: Money, Debt, and the Financialized Futures of Young Temporary Workers

in M. Featherstone The Sociology of Debt
Davis, M. and Cartwright, L.
Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 91-91 (2019).

View publication at the Policy Press website

Hidden Paths in Zygmunt Bauman’s Sociology

Campbell, T., Davis, M. and Palmer, J.
Theory, Culture and Society, 35, 7-8: 351-374 (2018).

Theory, Culture & Society at the Sage Journals website

Finance and justice in low-carbon energy transitions

Hall, S., Roelich, K.E., Davis, M. and Holstenkamp, L.
Applied Energy, 222: 772-780 (2018).

View publication on the ScienceDirect website

Liquid Sociology: Metaphor in Zygmunt Bauman’s Analysis of Modernity

Edited by Davis, M.
Ashgate, (2013

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

View publication on the Routledge website

Thesis Eleven Special Issue: Bauman and the Hurried Life

Bauman, Z., Davis, M., Campbell, T., Till, C. and Ellison, N.
Thesis Eleven, 118, (2013)

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Bauman’s Compass: Navigating the current interregnum

Davis, M.
Acta Sociologica, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 183-194 (2011)

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Freedom and Consumerism: A Critique of Zygmunt Bauman’s Sociology

Davis, M.
(Ashgate, 2008)

Zygmunt Bauman has long been recognized as one of the most important social thinkers and public intellectuals in Europe. This outstanding book bears comparison with the very best existing work on Bauman, and is an extremely valuable complement to it.

William Outhwaite, Newcastle University, UK

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Think Pieces

These publications by the Bauman Institute are intended to communicate our research and teaching output in an interesting and accessible format. The hope is that each Think Piece will help to stimulate debate in our main areas of interest, mindful of Professor Bauman’s advice never to refrain from questioning the ostensibly unquestionable premises of our everyday life.


The Ethical Implications of the Essayistic

(Think Piece No.3, August 2014)
Dziadosz, B.

Bartek Dziadosz reflects on the ethical implications of the essayistic form after the first public screening of The Trouble with Being Human These Days on 25 March 2014. In this short essay, the author discusses the use of narration in visual storytelling, the relationship between narration and subjectivity, and discusses the ideas of Timothy Corrigan and the “film essay”.

Reference: Dziadosz, B. (2014) ‘The Ethical Implications of the Essayistic’, The Bauman Institute: Think Pieces, No.3, August, 1-8.

Time and the Big Society

(Think Piece No.2, November 2013)head-cogs-think-pieces
Wright, K.

Lack of time is regularly cited as the main reason people do not engage in volunterring or participate in other community activities. However, this paper argues that simply having enough time does not necessarily facilitate greater involvement, in part because the perceived value of people’s time is contingent upon their skills and knowledge. Drawing on data from an enthographic case study exploring community participating in a neighbourhood in Leeds, Katy Wright explores issues around the availability and value of people’s time in relation to local community engagement.

Reference: Wright, K. (2013) ‘Time and the ‘Big Society”, The Bauman Institute: Think Pieces, No.2, November, 1-12.


Flawed Consumers: An analysis of the riots of August 2011 informed by the thought of Zygmunt Bauman

(Think Piece No.1, July 2013)
Palmer, J.

The riots which erupted in England’s major cities in the summer of 2011 were for many the becoming-real of urban nightmares. What started as a reaction to the shooting of Mark Duggan1 descended into violence and looting which spread fire-like across the country. One would be hard-pressed to find a more exemplary ‘moral panic’, an episode more threatening “to societal values and interests” (Cohen, 2002: 1). As David Starkey’s remarkable on-air meltdown on Newsnight (Starkey, 2011) aptly demonstrated, Jack Palmer argues the country found itself in the grips of hysteria.

Reference: Palmer, J. (2013) ‘Flawed Consumers: An analysis of the riots of August 2011 informed by the thought of Zygmunt Bauman’, The Bauman Institute: Think Pieces, No.1, July, 1-17.

Roundhouse Journal

Roundhouse is a student-led postgraduate journal in The Bauman Institute, University of Leeds. Roundhouse aims to provide students with the opportunity to publicize their work in an annually released peer-reviewed journal whilst developing their research interests through a series of workshops, film screenings and symposiums hosted by the journal’s editors.

Roundhouse’s main directives are student inherited research and horizontal learning. It aims to spread communicative practices in higher education, create a more flexible style of learning and directly challenge the image of undergraduate students as ‘passive consumers’.

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