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He was driven out of Poland by a political purge in engineered by the Communist government of the Polish People’s Republic and forced to give up his Polish citizenship to move to Israel.
Three years later he moved to the United Kingdom. Bauman was one of the world’s most eminent social theorists, writing on issues as diverse as modernity and the Holocaustpostmodern consumerism and liquid modernity.
Bauman then enlisted in the Soviet-controlled First Polish Armyworking as a political instructor. In May he was awarded the Military Cross of Valour. However, the nature and extent of his collaboration remain unknown, as well as the exact circumstances under which it was terminated. In an interview with The GuardianBauman confirmed he had been a committed communist during and after World War II and had never made a secret of it.
He admitted that joining the military intelligence service at age 19 was a mistake although he had a “dull” desk-job and did not remember informing on anyone. In the KBW Bauman, already in the rank of major, was suddenly dishonourably discharged inafter his father had approached the Israeli embassy in Warsaw with a view to emigrating to Israel.
As Bauman did not share his father’s Zionist tendencies and was indeed strongly anti-Zionist, his dismissal caused a severe, though temporary estrangement from his father. During the period of unemployment that followed, he completed his M. During a spell at the London School of Economicswhere his supervisor was Robert McKenziehe prepared a comprehensive study on the British socialist movement, his first major book.
Published originally in Polish ina revised edition appeared in English in Initially, Bauman remained close to orthodox Marxist doctrine, but influenced by Antonio Gramsci and Georg Simmelhe became increasingly critical of Poland’s Communist government. Owing to this he was never awarded a professorship even after he completed his habilitation but, after his former teacher, Julian Hochfeldwas made vice-director of UNESCO ‘s Department for Social Sciences in Paris inBauman did in fact inherit Hochfeld’s chair.
The March events culminated in a purge that drove many remaining Communist Poles of Jewish descent out of the country, including those intellectuals who had fallen from grace with the communist government.
Having had to give up Polish citizenship to be allowed to leave the country, he first went to Israel to teach at Tel Aviv Universitybefore accepting the chair of sociology at the University of Leeds, where he intermittently also served as head of department.
After his appointment, he published almost exclusively in English, his third language, and his reputation grew. Indeed, from the late s, Bauman exerted a considerable influence on the anti- or alter-globalization movement. In a interview in the Polish weekly, ” Polityka “, Bauman criticised Zionism and Israel, saying Israel was not interested in peace and that it was “taking advantage of the Holocaust to legitimize unconscionable acts”.
He compared the Israeli West Bank barrier to the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto where hundreds of thousands of Jews had died in the Holocaust.
The Israeli ambassador to Warsaw, Zvi Bar, called Bauman’s comments “half truths” and “groundless generalizations. Bauman was a supporter of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assemblyan organisation which advocates for democratic reform in the United Nations, and the creation of a more accountable international political system.
His grandson Michael Sfard is a prominent civil rights lawyer and author in Israel. Zygmunt Bauman died in Leeds on 9 January Bauman’s published work extends to 57 books and well over a hundred articles.
Bauman’s earliest publication in English is a study of the British labour movement and its relationship to class and social stratificationoriginally published in Poland in His last book was on the subject of Memories of Class. In the late s and early s Bauman published a number of books that dealt with the relationship between modernity, bureaucracy, rationality and social exclusion. European society, he argued, had agreed to forego a level of freedom to receive the benefits of increased individual security.
Bauman argued that modernity, in what he later came to term its ‘solid’ form, involved removing unknowns and uncertainties.
It involved control over nature, hierarchical bureaucracy, rules and regulations, control and categorisation — all of which attempted to remove gradually personal insecurities, making the chaotic aspects of human life appear well-ordered and familiar.
Later in a number of books Bauman began to develop the position that such order-making never manages to achieve the desired results. When life becomes organised into familiar and manageable categories, he argued, there are always social groups who cannot be administered, who cannot be separated out and controlled.
In his book Modernity and Ambivalence Bauman began to theorise about such indeterminate persons in terms of an allegorical figure he called, ‘the stranger.
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In Modernity and Ambivalence Bauman attempted to give an account of the different approaches modern society adopts toward the modernudad. He argued that, on the one hand, in a consumer-oriented economy the strange and the unfamiliar is always enticing; in different styles of food, different fashions and in tourism it is possible to experience the allure of what is unfamiliar.
Yet this strange-ness also has a more negative side. The stranger, because he cannot be controlled or ordered, is always the object of fear; he is the potential mugger, the person outside of society’s borders who is a constant threat.
Bauman’s most famous book, Modernity and the Holocaustjodernidad an attempt to give a full account of the dangers baunan those kinds of fears. Drawing upon Hannah Arendt and Theodor Adorno ‘s books on totalitarianism and the Enlightenment, Bauman developed the argument that the Holocaust should not simply be considered to be an event in Jewish history, nor a regression to pre-modern barbarism.
Rather, he argued, the Holocaust should be seen as deeply connected to modernity and its order-making efforts. Procedural rationality, the division of labour into smaller and smaller tasks, the taxonomic categorisation of different species, and the tendency to view obedience to rules as morally good, all played their role in the Holocaust coming to pass.
He argued that for this reason modern societies have not fully grasped the lessons of the Holocaust; it tends to be viewed—to use Bauman’s metaphor—like a picture hanging on the wall, offering few lessons.
In Bauman’s analysis the Jews became ‘strangers’ par excellence in Europe. Bauman, like the philosopher Giorgio Agambencontended that the same processes of exclusion that were at work in the Holocaust could, and to an extent do, still come into play today.
In the mid-to-late s, Bauman began to explore postmodernity and consumerism.
It had changed from a society of producers into a society of consumers. According to Bauman, this change reversed Freud’s “modern” tradeoff—i. In his books in the s Bauman wrote of this as being a shift from “modernity” to “post-modernity”.
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Since the turn of the millennium, his books have tried to avoid the confusion surrounding the term “postmodernity” by using the metaphors of “liquid” and “solid” modernity. In his books on modern consumerism, Bauman still writes of the same uncertainties that he portrayed in his writings on “solid” modernity; hauman in these books he writes of fears becoming more diffuse and harder to pin down.
Indeed, they are, to use the title of one of his books, “liquid fears” — fears about paedophiliafor instance, which are amorphous and have no easily identifiable reference. Bauman is credited with coining baumah term allosemitism to encompass both philo-Semitic and anti-Semitic attitudes towards Jews as the other. Adorno Award of the city of Frankfurt in In this book Bauman is said to have copied verbatim paragraphs from Wikipedia articles on Slow Food and steady-state economyalong with their bibliography, without attributing sources, authors or the fact that they were copied from Wikipedia.
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modernnidad He did use a paragraph yy the article on the golden handshakebut this citation was properly attributed to Wikipedia. In a response Bauman suggested that “obedience” to “technical” rules was unnecessary, and that he “never once failed to acknowledge the authorship of the ideas or concepts that I deployed, or that inspired the ones I coined”.
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Polity,and Modernity and the HolocaustCambridge: Holocasto and Allosemitism in E. A Forum on Fiction 43, no. Retrieved 9 January Prince of Asturias Awards: Bauman rezygnuje z honorowego doktoratu ‘Prof. Bauman resigns honorary doctorate’ “. Gazeta Wyborcza in Polish. Retrieved 10 June Retrieved 13 November