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Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item When Freud wrote his classic Civilization and its Discontents, he was concerned with repression. Modern civilization depends upon the constraint of impulse, the limiting of self expression. Today, in the time of modernity, Bauman argues, Freuda s analysis no longer holds good, if it ever did. Reviews Editorial reviews. Publisher Synopsis "For a penetrating discussion of the dilemmas which face postmodern cultural analysis, it is hard to beat.

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When Freud wrote his classic "Civilization and Its Discontents" he was concerned with repression. Postmodernism -- Social aspects. View all subjects. Similar Items. Zygmunt Bauman Find more information about: Zygmunt Bauman. In the postmodern era, the liberty of the individual is the overriding value, the criterion in terms of which all social rules and regulations are assessed. Postmodernity is governed by the 'will to happiness': the result, however, is a sacrificing of security.

The most prominent anxieties in our society today, Bauman shows, derive from the removal of security. The world is experienced as overwhelmingly uncertain, uncontrollable and frightening. Totalitarian politics frightened by its awesome power; the new social disorder frightens by its lack of consistency and direction.

The very pursuit of individual happiness corrupts and undermines those systems of authority needed for a stable life. This book builds imaginatively upon Bauman's earlier contributions to social theory. It consolidates his reputation as the interpreter of postmodernity. The book will appeal to second-year undergraduates and above in sociology, cultural studies, philosophy and anthropology. Undetected country. NO YES. If, as Freud postulated, modern society assails man's freedom by repressing his sexual expression, then the postmodern era can be said to be defined by the individual's quest for sublime happiness at the expense of security.

Society has held to the concepts of beauty, purity, and order for centuries, and now a new worldview has emerged with the individual at its nucleus. Framed by discussions of such thinkers as Michel Foucault, Emannuel Levinas, Hans Jones and Richard Rorty, Postmodernity and Its Discontents explores this brave new era, tackling head-on such issues as the postmodernization of surveillance and social control; the often tenuous threads binding morality, ethics, and freedom together; contemporary artistic and aesthetic theory; and the complex associations between solidarity, difference and freedom.

Arguing that you need most what you lack most, internationally renowned scholar Zygmunt Bauman asserts that freedom without security assures no greater happiness than security without freedom. In this thoughtful, nuanced volume, Bauman searches for a balance between the two, tipping the scales of the postmodern world decidedly in our favor.

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I plan to read this book, and I plan to bring a number of questions to my reading of it. A passage in the blurb " Why, if fact, should man be "happy" - whatever that means? Maybe it all boils down to biology. See 1 question about Postmodernity and Its Discontents…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews.

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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 17, Trevor rated it it was amazing. This is an utterly fascinating book. So, Marx said that one of the things Capitalism did to ensure lower wages was to create a reserve army of the This is an utterly fascinating book. So, Marx said that one of the things Capitalism did to ensure lower wages was to create a reserve army of the unemployed.

The point of this reserve army — over and above forcing down wages, was that it would literally be standing in reserve, that there would come a time when this army or members from that army would need to be deployed. The scientific and technological revolution has diminished the need for such a reserve army. Communism and fascism were thoroughly modern ideologies.

Basically, they were concerned with cleanliness. The Nazi death camps and Soviet show trails were examples of the latter strategy. Purity or race or of class were the long-term aims.

Postmodernity and Its Discontents by Zygmunt Bauman

But postmodern society has different notions of cleanliness. Quite odd and contradictory things are occurring in our late-modern world. For some well, the rich there essentially is no such thing as the nation state. They move about the world at will and consider themselves to be citizens of that world.