Bauman's Challenge: Sociological Issues for the 21st Century by Mark E Davis, Keith Tester

By Mark E Davis, Keith Tester

This specified and unique assortment through the world over well known students makes use of serious engagements with Baumans sociology to spot and higher comprehend the demanding situations that face globalized human societies initially of the twenty-first century.

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Despite these measures, the Camorra lives 32 The Use-Value of Human Waste on ‘healthier’ than ever. Despite these ‘temporary’ setbacks, they rise again and again from the ashes of their brutal wars like the Phoenix. It is the cultural and social undergrowth of these territorialities, which continues to provide the lifeblood for their existence and their means to move at great speed across the globe. They draw upon the cold currency of places of hopelessness and cultures of misery. Bauman (2000: 14) claims that ‘any dense and tight network of social bonds, and particularly a territorially rooted tight network, is an obstacle to be cleared out of the way’ for power to flow smoothly.

P. 124) Bill Gates, and Howard Hughes before him, are indeed high-flyers in the exterritorial flows of liquid modernity, unfettered by spatiality with no (apparent) fixed ties to localities, bravely surfing uncharted flows in their search for opportunities for power. What Bauman has neglected in his accounts of the tourists, those ‘high up’ on the scale of freedom of movement, is the necessity of spatial, infrastructural and institutional moorings that configure and enable mobilities – enabling what Harvey (1989) called the ‘spatial fix’.

Military detention facilities, as well as widespread abuse in dysfunctional families. I agree with Bauman that the abuse at Abu Ghraib is a vehicle for discussing much more widespread, contemporary issues and contemporary society as a whole. But I disagree with Bauman in at least three basic assumptions. First, I disagree with Bauman that the Enlightenment was ever as orderly or emotion-free as he purports. 4 Second, I deny that the social setting at Abu Ghraib was purely lawless, chaotic and ‘liquid’.

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