Wasted Lives has ratings and 21 reviews. Trevor said: I’m not sure what I was expecting from this, but it would be fair to say I was expecting less. 1 Oct In this context, the work of sociologist Zygmunt Bauman is highly influential. Bauman’s Wasted Lives () aims primarily to produce a social. The production of ‘human waste’ – or more precisely, wasted lives,the With characteristic brilliance, this new book by Zygmunt Baumanunravels the impact of .

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If I stage an event, that is much more difficult to turn into a commodity. You raise a sheep and it produces many sheep. Refresh and try again. This book offers no real solutions — but for holding up a mirror in which we can see ourselves reflected back, it provides us with a service I suspect too few of us will be grateful for.

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Email this article Login required. This feels like one of those monographs that really could have been a page article.

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Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts

We are all tormented by the threat of our becoming waste. As long as large parts of the world remained wholly or partlyunaffected by moder The production of ‘human waste’ – or more precisely, wasted lives, the ‘superfluous’ populations of migrants, refugees and otheroutcasts – is an inevitable outcome of modernization.

While I really enjoy Bauman’s main idea here, which is the exposition wasetd modernity’s political societies as bi-producing “human waste” i.

The book is not an easy read, but compelling. Also he certainly has some valid poinst.

Several great concepts articulating what we already know: This is a remarkably concise and clearly written book. Keywords ambivalence; contemporary society; liquid modernity; ostracism.

Trivia About Wasted Lives: Open Preview See a Problem? To ask other readers questions about Wasted Livesplease sign up. As other reviews have stated, global problems often are unmoved by individualized solutions.

Modernity is characterized by its constant obsession to reject the current state and build a new order. We are free gods in a world of slaves from the book. See 1 question about Wasted Lives…. Preview — Wasted Lives by Zygmunt Bauman. Now, the global spread of the modern way of li This book provides an analysis of the modern world’s recent problem: With characteristic brilliance, this new book by Zygmunt Baumanunravels the impact of this transformation on our contemporaryculture and politics and shows that the problem of coping with’human waste’ provides a key for understanding some otherwisebaffling features of our shared life, from the strategies of globaldomination to the most intimate aspects of human relationships.

Jun 01, Dan rated it liked it Recommends it for: Whatever interest your speculations may have would be of interest to you alone, I suspect. I do like the ideas proposed in this book, especially in the way they made me think.

He presents an allegory from Franz Kafka “of the subterranean shelter which an unnamed safety-obsessed animal spent its life designing, digging and endlessly perfecting only to deepen the terror that kept it working” p. As if more than twenty centuries of history had not been enough to prove the opposite is virtually always the case. He does not cite sources or support his argument with quantifiable data because he assumes at this level you understand his viewpoint, and it works well.

This review ends with a few brief reflections on possible connections between BAUMAN’s analysis and social research projects. Jan 12, BellaGBear rated it liked it Shelves: Particularly if one takes into account that Bauman was 79 sic! Modernity and Its Outcasts a graphic and pessimistic description of ostracism in contemporary society. Email the author Login required. This is a short, succinct essay on the problem of waste managment and disposal in our modern times.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Bauman relates this to art too. At the beginning of modernity there were so-called empty spaces un-used in the modern productive sense that these excess people could be shipped off to. But even this God becomes what it sought to replace.

Change is now its own justification. The best part, for me, was his presentation of the transition from a social welfare state to a fear-state, in which the justificaiton of the state is to create, and then manage, fear. More philosophical musings than wastd study. Jan 31, Shawn Cassiman rated it it was amazing. In the first part the outcasts of modern society are described, following market logic, as superfluous. How to cite item. Jul 27, Brandon rated it liked it. Surely, they must lkves worth more to him in his creation than we are?

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