Liquid Life

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Wiley, Jun 24, 2005 - Social Science - 224 pages
'Liquid life' is the kind of life commonly lived in our contemporary, liquid-modern society. Liquid life cannot stay on course, as liquid-modern society cannot keep its shape for long. Liquid life is a precarious life, lived under conditions of constant uncertainty.

The most acute and stubborn worries that haunt this liquid life are the fears of being caught napping, of failing to catch up with fast moving events, of overlooking the 'use by' dates and being saddled with worthless possessions, of missing the moment calling for a change of tack and being left behind. Liquid life is also shot through by a contradiction: it ought to be a (possibly unending) series of new beginnings, yet precisely for that reason it is full of worries about swift and painless endings, without which new beginnings would be unthinkable. Among the arts of liquid-modern living and the skills needed to practice them, getting rid of things takes precedence over their acquisition.

This and other challenges of life in a liquid-modern society are traced and unravelled in the successive chapters of this new book by one of the most brilliant and original social thinkers of our time.

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Płynne życie to takie, które - jak pisze Bauman - "nie potrafi zbyt długo zachować swego kształtu ani utrzymać stabilnego kursu". Jednym z jego rysów są obawy, niepewność wywoływane nie tylko nieznanym - tak było zawsze - lecz zawrotnym tempem zmian, niemożnością nadążenia, świadomością, że życiowe strategie, nim zdążą się zestarzeć, już się nadają do osobistego pamiętnika albo na śmietnik. 

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Zygmunt Bauman is the Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds

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