Zygmunt Bauman can be viewed as an exemplary public intellectual engaging key theoretical, ethical, and political issues of the epoch. In particular, in a series of articles and books that sketch out a postmodern turn in society, theory, culture, ethics, and politics, he delineates major transformations in culture, politics, and society. Changes in contemporary society and culture, Bauman argues, require new modes of thought, morality, and politics to respond appropriately to the new sociocultural and political conditions. This requires a reconfiguration of critical social theory and cultural politics, a project in which Bauman was deeply involved up to his passing. Bauman thus poses fundamental challenges to contemporary social theory and cultural politics, providing original and provocative interventions of the sociological imagination between the modern and the postmodern and developing sketches of fundamental social and cultural changes of our time and the ways that theory...
Douglas Kellner; Bauman between the Modern and the Postmodern. Cultural Politics 1 November 2017; 13 (3): 293–295. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-4211254
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