Modernity and Ambivalence

Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745638112

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Modern civilization, Bauman argues, promised to make our lives understandable and open to our control. This has not happened and today we no longer believe it ever will. In this book, now available in paperback, Bauman argues that our postmodern age is the time for reconciliation with ambivalence, we must learn how to live in an incurably ambiguous world.
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Modernity and Ambivalence

Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 074567321X

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Modern civilization, Bauman argues, promised to make our lives understandable and open to our control. This has not happened and today we no longer believe it ever will. In this book, now available in paperback, Bauman argues that our postmodern age is the time for reconciliation with ambivalence, we must learn how to live in an incurably ambiguous world.
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Modernity and ambivalence in Jewish national ideology

Analysis of the jewish nation-building process on basis of Zygmunt Bauman's theory of ambivalence and the 'Stranger' in modern nation states

Author: Alexandra Samoleit

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638002292

Category: Religion

Page: 32

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject Jewish Studies, grade: 1,0, University of Erfurt, 21 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Zygmunt Bauman's theory explains how modern nation states categorise and define their population, as well as "friends" and "enemies" based on ethnical, cultural and historical homogeneity. In this process ambivalent elements, especially minority groups. are eliminated from the nation. For Bauman this structural inheritent development is the main reason for the failed assimilatory aspirations of the German Jews in the late 19th and early 20th century. Zionism as reaction to denied national identity in the host countries shows in itself the same structural elements which caused the exclusion of the Jews from the German society. Jewish nationalists applied similar strategies and methods of stigmatisation and displacement during the Jewish nation-building process on the native population of Palestine and the oriental Jews to construct national order and identity.
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Spaces of Modernity

London's Geographies, 1680-1780

Author: Miles Ogborn

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781572303652

Category: History

Page: 340

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From the civility of Westminster's newly paved streets to the dangerous pleasures of Vauxhall Gardens and the grand designs of the Universal Register Office, this book examines the identities, practices, and power relations of the modern city as they emerged within and transformed the geographies of eighteenth-century London. Ogborn draws upon a wide variety of textual and visual sources to illuminate processes of commodification, individualization, state formation, and the transformation of the public sphere within the new spaces of the metropolis.
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Modernity and the Holocaust

Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745638090

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Sociology is concerned with modern society, but has never come to terms with one of the most distinctive and horrific aspects of modernity - the Holocaust. The book examines what sociology can teach us about the Holocaust, but more particularly concentrates upon the lessons which the Holocaust has for sociology. Bauman's work demonstrates that the Holocaust has to be understood as deeply involved with the nature of modernity. There is nothing comparable to this work available in the sociological literature.
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Strangers, Ambivalence and Social Theory

Author: Bülent Diken

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429761899

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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First published in 1998, this volume dwells upon the socio-political problem of "under-representation" at great length within the context of immigration through analysis of Turkish immigrants within the "cosy" country of Denmark on the European Periphery. The main purpose has been to show the fictitious and constructed character of the identities that are normally presupposed and taken for granted. Bülent Diken attempts to "defamiliarize" the familiar notions of the "immigrant" and what is taken for granted in the field of immigration. To counter this, Diken allows the "immigrant" to speak throughout interviews. In addition, the study dwells on local and central state policies and planning. This requires a merger of social theory with research on immigration as well as (social and physical) planning, in this case in a Danish context with an examination on how the application of planning and urban politics are oriented toward immigrants. Together with an interest in political and discursive "strategies", the "tactics" used by immigrants in coping with these strategies are focused on at length.
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Ambivalence, Modernity, Power

Women and Writing in Mexico Since 1980

Author: Nuala Finnegan

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039105076

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 342

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By incorporating a variety of critical approaches within a feminist framework, the author here argues that Mexican women writers participate in a crucial project of unsettling dominant discourses as they strive for new ways of capturing the ambivalent position of the Mexican women in their texts.
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Facing Modernity

Ambivalence, Reflexivity and Morality

Author: Professor Barry Smart

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446227930

Category:

Page: 224

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Barry Smart offers a wide-ranging and critical discussion of how issues of reflexivity, ethics and moral responsibility inform social and political thought. Through a critical discussion of the ambivalent fruits' of social analysis, exemplified in particular by the work of Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Vattimo, Beck, Bourdieu, Goffman, Giddens, Levinas and Bauman, this book submits that an important responsibility of social enquiry today is to engage critically with the moral difficulties and ethical dilemmas which have arisen in relation to modernity.
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Ambivalent Desires

Representations of Modernity and Private Life in Colombia (1890s-1950s)

Author: María Mercedes Andrade

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 1611480019

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

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Ambivalent Desires is a literary and cultural study of the reception of modernity in Colombia. Unlike previous studies of Latin American modernization, which have usually focused on the public aspect of the process, this book discusses the intersection between modernity and the private sphere.
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Global Culture

Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity

Author: Mike Featherstone

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803983229

Category: Social Science

Page: 411

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In this book leading social scientists from many countries analyze the extent to which we are seeing a globalization of culture. Is a unified world culture emerging? And if so, how does this relate to existing cultural divisions and to the autonomy of the nation state? Differing explanations are offered for trends towards global unification and their relation to an economic world-system. Will the intensification of global contact produce increasing tolerance of other cultures? Or will an integrating culture produce sharper reactions in the form of fundamentalist and nationalist movements? The contributors explore the emergence of `third cultures', such as international law, the financial markets and media conglomerates, as
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Maturity and Modernity

Nietzsche, Weber, Foucault and the Ambivalence of Reason

Author: David Owen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135083002

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Maturity and Modernity is the first book to analyze Nietzsche, Weber and Foucault as a tradition of theorising and to chart the development of genealogy as a mode of critique. It provides clear accounts of the main ideas of Nietzsche, Weber and Foucault (as well as a useful Glossary) and illustrates the relations between these thinkers at methodological, substantive and politcal levels.
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Schwellen

germanistische Erkundungen einer Metapher

Author: Nicholas Saul

Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann

ISBN: 9783826015526

Category: Metaphor

Page: 382

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Emotion and Social Theory

Corporeal Reflections on the (Ir) Rational

Author: Simon Williams

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761956297

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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The emotions have traditionally been marginalized in mainstream social theory. This book demonstrates the problems that this has caused and charts the resurgence of emotions in social theory today. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, both classical and contemporary, Simon Williams treats the emotions as a universal feature of human life and our embodied relationship to the world. He reflects and comments upon the turn towards the body and intimacy in social theory, and explains what is important in current thinking about emotions. In his doing so, readers are provided with a critical assessment of various positions within the field, including the strengths and weaknesses of poststructuralism and postmodernism for examinin
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Zygmunt Bauman

Dialectic of Modernity

Author: Peter Beilharz

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 085702650X

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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This measured and thoughtful book provides a comprehensive critical commentary on Bauman's social theory. It explores the roots of his ideas in questions of capital and labour, and explains how these ideas flourished in Bauman's later writings on culture, intellectuals, utopia, the holocaust, modernity and postmodernism. Bauman's work has been wide-ranging and ambitious. This book fulfils the objective of providing an authoritative critical guide to this essential thinker.
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Zygmunt Bauman

Dialectic of Modernity

Author: Peter Beilharz

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761967346

Category: Social Science

Page: 180

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This measured and thoughtful book provides a comprehensive critical commentary on Bauman's social theory. It explores the roots of his ideas in questions of capital and labour, and explains how these ideas flourished in Bauman's later writings on culture, intellectuals, utopia, the holocaust, modernity and postmodernism. Bauman's work has been wide-ranging and ambitious. This book fulfils the objective of providing an authoritative critical guide to this essential thinker.
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Munich and Memory

Architecture, Monuments, and the Legacy of the Third Reich

Author: Gavriel D. Rosenfeld

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520923027

Category: Architecture

Page: 456

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Munich, notorious in recent history as the capital of the Nazi movement, is the site of Gavriel Rosenfeld's stimulating inquiry into the German collective memory of the Third Reich. Rosenfeld shows, with the aid of a wealth of photographs, how the city's urban form developed after 1945 in direct reflection of its inhabitants' evolving memory of the Second World War and the Nazi dictatorship. In the second half of the twentieth century, the German people's struggle to come to terms with the legacy of Nazism has dramatically shaped nearly all dimensions of their political, social, and cultural life. The area of urban development and the built environment, little explored until now, offers visible evidence of the struggle. By examining the ways in which the people of Munich reconstructed the ruins of their historic buildings, created new works of architecture, dealt with surviving Nazi buildings, and erected new monuments to commemorate the horrors of the recent past, Rosenfeld identifies a spectrum of competing memories of the Nazi experience. Munich’s postwar development was the subject of constant controversy, pitting representatives of contending aesthetic and mnemonic positions against one another in the heated battle to shape the city’s urban form. Examining the debates between traditionalists, modernists, postmodernists, and critical preservationists, Rosenfeld shows that the memory of Nazism in Munich has never been "repressed" but has rather been defined by constant dissension and evolution. On balance, however, he concludes that Munich came to embody in its urban form a conservative view of the past that was inclined to diminish local responsibility for the Third Reich.
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The Badlands of Modernity

Heterotopia and Social Ordering

Author: Kevin Hetherington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134822464

Category: Science

Page: 176

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The Badlands of Modernity offers a wide ranging and original interpretation of modernity as it emerged during the eighteenth century through an analysis of some of the most important social spaces. Drawing on Foucault's analysis of heterotopia, or spaces of alternate ordering, the book argues that modernity originates through an interplay between ideas of utopia and heterotopia and heterotopic spatial practice. The Palais Royal during the French Revolution, the masonic lodge and in its relationship to civil society and the public sphere and the early factories of the Industrial Revolution are all seen as heterotopia in which modern social ordering is developed. Rather than seeing modernity as being defined by a social order, the book argues that we need to take account of the processes and the ambiguous spaces in which they emerge, if we are to understand the character of modern societies. The book uses these historical examples to analyse contemporary questions about modernity and postmodernity, the character of social order and the significance of marginal space in relation to issues of order, transgression and resistance. It will be important reading for sociologists, geographers and social historians as well as anyone who has an interest in modern societies.
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Prose of the World

Modernism and the Banality of Empire

Author: Saikat Majumdar

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Everyday life in the far outposts of empire can be static, empty of the excitement of progress. A pervading sense of banality and boredom are, therefore, common elements of the daily experience for people living on the colonial periphery. Saikat Majumdar suggests that this impoverished affective experience of colonial modernity significantly shapes the innovative aesthetics of modernist fiction. Prose of the World explores the global life of this narrative aesthetic, from late-colonial modernism to the present day, focusing on a writer each from Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and India. Ranging from James Joyce's deflated epiphanies to Amit Chaudhuri's disavowal of the grand spectacle of postcolonial national allegories, Majumdar foregrounds the banal as a key instinct of modern and contemporary fiction—one that nevertheless remains submerged because of its antithetical relation to literature's intuitive function to engage or excite. Majumdar asks us to rethink the assumption that banality merely indicates an aesthetic failure. If narrative is traditionally enabled by the tremor, velocity, and excitement of the event, the historical and affective lack implied by the banal produces a narrative force that is radically new precisely because it suspends the conventional impulses of narration.
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Ambivalent Europeans

Ritual, Memory and the Public Sphere in Malta

Author: Jon P. Mitchell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135138931

Category: Social Science

Page: 292

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Ambivalent Europeans examines the implications of living on the fringes of Europe. In Malta, public debate is dominated by the question of Europe, both at a policy level - whether or not to join the EU - and at the level of national identity - whether or not the Maltese are 'European'. Jon Mitchell identifies a profound ambivalence towards Europe, and also more broadly to the key processes of 'modernisation'. He traces this tendency through a number of key areas of social life - gender, the family, community, politics, religion and ritual.
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Light Motives

German Popular Film in Perspective

Author: Randall Halle,Margaret McCarthy

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814330456

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 442

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Light Motives undertakes a long overdue critical reassessment of German popular cinema, challenging the traditional view of German film history and offering new ways to think about popular cinema in general.
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