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190 x 124mm | 100 pages | October 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-3067-0 £35.00 | $45.00 | €44.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3068-7 £9.99 | $12.95 | €12.90 ebook available

Born Liquid ZYGMUNT BAUMAN & THOMAS LEONCINI Passages from the Italian translated by Lucinda Byatt Born Liquid is the last work by the great sociologist and social theorist Zygmunt Bauman, whose brilliant analyses of liquid modernity changed the way we think about our world today. In an exchange with the journalist Thomas Leoncini, Bauman considers, for the first time, the world of those born after the early 1980s, the individuals who were “born liquid” and feel at home in a society of constant flux. As always, Bauman examines this world by discussing what are often regarded as its most ephemeral features. The transformation of the body, tattoos, cosmetic surgery, hipsters, aggression, bullying, the internet, gender transitions and changing sexual preferences are all analyzed with characteristic brilliance in this concise and topical book, which will be of particular interest to young people, natives of the liquid modern world, as well as to Bauman’s many readers of all generations. ZYGMUNT BAUMAN (1925-2017) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds. THOMAS LEOCINI is an Italian journalist and writer.

229 x 152mm | 300 pages | September 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-2829-5 £55.00 | $69.95 | €71.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2830-1 £17.99 | $24.95 | €23.90 ebook available

Sketches in the Theory of Culture ZYGMUNT BAUMAN Translated by Katarzyna Bartoszynska This is a remarkable work by all measures. Originally intended for publication in 1968, it was suppressed by the Polish government in the wave of repression following the protests in March of that year. For decades it was thought to be lost. Astonishingly, it survived in the form of an uncorrected set of proofs which were recently discovered and which are the basis of this edition. Now published in English for the first time, this book sheds new light on Bauman’s work prior to his emigration and illuminates the intellectual climate of Poland in the late 1960s. Bauman’s pursuit of a semiotic theory of culture includes a discussion of processes of individualization and the intensification of global ties, anticipating themes that became central to his later work. This is a strikingly prescient reflection on culture and society by one of the most influential social thinkers of our age. ZYGMUNT BAUMAN (1925-2017) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds.

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