With his passing, our encounters with Zygmunt Bauman must change. Although many lectures and interviews can still be accessed via the very social media he tended to disdain, it is perhaps now time for us to pay more focused attention to the work itself and to stand against the tide of fame (and its opposite, envy) that was tending to swamp it.

When it comes to Bauman, there is something about which all commentators agree. He wrote a very great deal, and it is difficult to know where to begin reading. Starting here rather than there reveals different Baumans, and he provided no clues about whether—or not—there was an ur-text from which all else followed, or to which everything could be tracked back. To read Bauman is to make a choice about where to begin and, therefore, a choice about which Bauman is going...

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