Bauman’s Consuming Life Summary – Chapter 2 – The Society of Consumers

Bauman’s Consuming Life A Summary – Chapter 2 – The Society of Consumers Summary of chapter One  A fairly lengthy, paraphrased summary with a few comments in italics In consumer culture people behave ‘unreflexively’ – without thinking about what they consider to be their life purpose and what they believe to be the right means […]

Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s Individualised Society (Part Three: The Way We Act)

Zygmunt Bauman – The Individualised Society – Part Three: The Way We Act Thirteen – Does Love Need Reason? Love and Reason will forever fail to communicate… for three reasons. Reason is about use, love is about value. The world as seen by love is a collection of values, as seen by reason, a collection […]

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 Bauman’s The Individualised Society – The Way We Are

Section One – The Way We  Are – Section 1/3, chapters 1-6 Chapter One  – The Rise and Fall of Labour This chapter explains that the decline of the labour movement is due the extraterritorial power of Capital. The industrial revolution led to labour being uprooted from its age old link to nature and then […]

Careers Advice for Teenagers Part One – Why You Can Never Do Enough to Make Yourself Employable

  So you’re 17 going on 18 and it seems like the end of A levels are ages away, but for some reason your damn tutors keep haranguing you about about preparing for your future career NOW. When it comes to career readiness, there is no such thing as enough, even if you are going […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]