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.

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.

Spaces of Modernity

London's Geographies, 1680-1780

Author: Miles Ogborn

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781572303652

Category: History

Page: 340

View: 1331

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.

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.

Facing Modernity

Ambivalence, Reflexivity and Morality

Author: Professor Barry Smart

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446227930


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.

Global Culture

Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity

Author: Mike Featherstone

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803983229

Category: Social Science

Page: 411

View: 3829

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

Negotiating Modernity

Africa's Ambivalent Experience

Author: Elisio Salvado Macamo

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781842776179

Category: History

Page: 238

View: 7849

Modernity is the unfinished business of our times. In the case of Africa, as the scholars contributing to this volume show, the continent has been through a particularly ambivalent experience of modernity. Most work has tended to emphasize, on the one hand, its alien nature in Africa and, on the other, the ways in which Africans have resisted it. While acknowledging this tension, the authors of this volume seek to show the extent to which this very tension has been constitutive of African social reality. Modernity is understood as the basic impulse behind the construction of changing African society over the past one hundred years. The issues that this volume addresses relate to the ways in which, first, Africans negotiated the terms of this modernity during the colonial period and, then, how today they are coming to terms with it in the post-colonial period. The contributors argue both that the African experience of modernity is unique and, at the same time, relevant for social theory more widely. Not only is it important to describe this experience, but also to acknowledge that such a description may provide African Studies with valuable analytical insights into African social reality. In the course of so doing, cases are presented and issues raised covering new forms of labour, changing notions and norms relating to land rights, religious conversion, internal migration, and even emigration. Indeed, one particularly significant, but often underplayed, feature that has characterised both the colonial and post-colonial periods, and which this book deals with extensively, is the variegated linkages and interactions between Africans in the diaspora and within the Continent.

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.


germanistische Erkundungen einer Metapher

Author: Nicholas Saul

Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann

ISBN: 9783826015526

Category: Metaphor

Page: 382

View: 9254


Ambivalence, Modernity, Power

Women and Writing in Mexico Since 1980

Author: Nuala Finnegan

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039105076

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 342

View: 1993

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.

Zygmunt Bauman: Soziologie zwischen Moderne und Flüchtiger Moderne

Eine Einführung

Author: Matthias Junge

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3531903179

Category: Social Science

Page: 139

View: 2317

In Deutschland liegt keine einführende Darstellung der soziologischen Sozialtheorie von Zygmunt Bauman vor. Das Lehrbuch versucht die Lücke zu schließen und das Gesamtwerk durch eine Diskussion seiner zentralen Problemstellungen und Denkweisen aufzuschlüsseln.

Zygmunt Bauman

Dialectic of Modernity

Author: Peter Beilharz

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 085702650X

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 9473

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.

Tourism and Modernity in China

Author: Tim Oakes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134659997

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 6735

This book explores how the experience of modernization is revealed in China's newly constructed tourist landscapes. It argues that in China's burgeoning ethnic tourist villages and theme parks can be seen all the contradictions, debasement, and liberating potentials of Chinese modernity. Tim Oakes uses the province of Guizhou to examine the Chinese tourist industry as an example of the state's modernization policies and how local people have engaged with these changes.

Metaphern der Großstadt

Niederländische Berlinprosa zwischen Naturalismus und Moderne

Author: Ute Schürings

Publisher: Waxmann Verlag

ISBN: 9783830970378

Category: Art

Page: 185

View: 8167

Wer die Berlin-Beschreibungen niederländischer und flämischer Künstler des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts liest, gewinnt den Eindruck, ihre Autoren hätten nicht ein und dieselbe, sondern völlig verschiedene Städte bereist. Die einen schwärmen von einer fortschrittlichen Weltmetropole und Hauptstadt der Avantgarde, andere hingegen nehmen Berlin als Zentrum eines immer noch allgegenwärtigen Militarismus wahr, dritte prangern den Verfall der Sitten an. Die vorliegende Studie greift diesen scheinbaren Widerspruch auf und untersucht exemplarisch vier Prosatexte der Autoren Herman Heijermans, J. van Oudshoorn, Hendrik Marsman und Paul van Ostaijen. Wie stellen sie die Stadt dar? Welche Metaphern verwenden sie? Und wie lassen sich die Texte in der Tradition der europäischen Großstadtdarstellung verorten? Eng am Text arbeitend, nuanciert die Untersuchung anhand zahlreicher Zitate, Kommentare und Hintergrundinformationen nicht nur die bisherige literaturhistorische Einordnung der einzelnen Autoren, sondern setzt sich darüber hinaus kritisch mit der in der niederländischen Philologie verbreiteten These eines verspäteten Aufgreifens des Modernismus auseinander. Dr. phil. Ute Schürings (1970), Studium der Komparatistik, Germanistik, Niederlandistik und Romanistik. 1997-2001 Redaktionsmitglied Le Monde diplomatique (Berlin), 2002-2007 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an den Universitäten Oldenburg und Köln. Seit 2007 selbständig als Unternehmensberaterin für interkulturelle Kommunikation (Schwerpunkt Benelux) und Lehrbeauftragte an der Universität zu Köln.

Emotion and Social Theory

Corporeal Reflections on the (Ir) Rational

Author: Simon Williams

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761956297

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

View: 1534

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

Prose of the World

Modernism and the Banality of Empire

Author: Saikat Majumdar

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 9879

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.


Sport, Raum und (Massen-)Kultur in Deutschland 1880–1930

Author: Noyan Dinçkal

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3525370296

Category: History

Page: 346

View: 6692

Welche Funktionen erfüllten Sporträume, in welchen Zusammenhängen wurden sie genutzt und mit welchen Bedeutungen versehen?

Modernity in Crisis

A Dialogue on the Culture of Belonging

Author: L. Donskis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230339190

Category: Social Science

Page: 205

View: 6698

A blend of political theory, social theory, and philosophy of culture, the book will show the relationship and tension between thought and action, politics and literature, power and dissent in modern politics and culture.

Modernity's Pretenses

Making Reality Fit Reason from Candide to the Gulag

Author: Karlis Racevskis

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791439531

Category: Philosophy

Page: 161

View: 6762

Modernity's Pretenses undermines modernity's authority through a cultural and historical examination of texts and thinkers from the Enlightenment to post-Stalinist Europe. Racevskis argues that modernity's elaborate designs for rationalizing the world have mainly functioned as covers and alibis (i.e., pretenses). Modernity's promise to liberate humanity from superstition, injustice, and want has been a tactic for making exploitation seem noble and for lending barbarism an aura of progress. Racevskis examines the mechanisms and history of the pretending that mark the modern world and surveys the critical approaches that have proven most effective in dispelling the credibility of pretenses.