A Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s ‘The Individualised Society’, Part Two – The Way We Think

  Part Two – The Way We Think Chapter Seven – Critique – Privatised and Disarmed More than anything else so far this chapter represents a nice summary of some of Bauman’s major ideas. What is wrong with our society is that it has stopped questioning itself. We are reflexive but it is a limited […]

Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s The Indivdualised Society (preface)

  It may sound odd doing a summary of a preface, but there is a lot of heavy stuff in here…. According to Bauman ‘Sociology can help us link our individual decisions and actions to the deeper cause of our troubles and fears – to the way we live, to the conditions under which we […]

Why does it cost so much to raise a child?

How much, on average, does it cost to raise a child? It topped £225 000 in 2014, for the first 21 years of a child’s (/kidult’s) life, including university tuition fees. (No prizes for spotting the middle class bias in this analysis). The costs break down as follows: £86 K – Childcare £74K – Education […]

Summary of Liquid Modernity Chapter Five – Community

Bauman starts of the chapter summarising the liberal-communitarian debate about the relationship beetween the individual and society. He reminds us that the individual according to the likes of Kant, Descartes and Baccon, could come to truth by using pure reason, and that all individuals if just left alone from the distortions of community would arive […]

Summary of Liquid Modernity Chapter Four – Work

Chapter Four – Work Bauman begins by citing, amongst others, Henry Ford as an example of someone who epitomised Modernity’s attitude towards work in relation to time. Work, done in the present, was valuable because it was driving history forwards. Those in power had such a belief in their hold over the present that they […]

‘Buddhist Sociology’ by Inge Bell – A summary

Summary of Bell, I.P (1979) “Buddhist Sociology: Some Thoughts on the Convergence of Sociology and Eastern Paths of Liberation” in Scott G. McNall, ed. Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology. New York: St Martin’s Press. I haven’t done any commentary on this yet, but I thought I’d get this summary out anyway… The first explicit call for […]

The negative experience of iTime on yer smartphone

Oh the irony – My intention 6 weeks ago was to get a dialogue going between Bauman and Buddhism, and here I am getting sidelined by the concepts of iTime and Pointillist Time – still, at least I’m experiencing the subject matter of this essay…… ‘Whenever you are, be sometime else’. A philosophical analysis of […]

Summary of Liquid Modernity Chapter Three – Time/ Space

With a few comments… Summary of Chapter Three of Liquid Times by Zygmunt Bauman – Time/Space In the first section Bauman provides an overview of some of the key features of contemporary urban areas. Firstly, that modern urban areas are increasingly gated – To illustrate this he offers a description of Heritage Park, a new […]

C.V. building – another individualised ‘solution’ to systemic contradictions

As part of our college tutorial programme I was recently required to show my students this ‘monster guide to writing a C.V.’ ; I’ve been reading way to much Bauman recently to not subject this to some Baumanesque analysis, and from this perspective, writing a C.V. appears as a strategy for ‘middling people’ to avoid […]

Summary of Liquid Modernity – Chapter Two – Individuality

  I’m presently enjoying re-reading Bauman’s major works – I thought offering up my summaries might be useful to some students. I will eventually further summarise/ comment/ critique, but in the meantime.. the raw summary of chapter two of Liquid Modernity….  Bauman begins by pointing out that Huxley’s and Orwell’s dystopias were very much products […]