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44 Letters From the Liquid Modern World
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Table of Contents

1 On writing letters - from a liquid modern world 1

2 Crowded solitude 6

3 Parents and children conversing 10

4 Offline, online 14

5 As the birds do 18

6 Virtual sex 22

7 Strange adventures of privacy (1) 26

8 Strange adventures of privacy (2) 30

9 Strange adventures of privacy (3) 34

10 Parents and children 38

11 Teenager spending 42

12 Stalking the Y generation 46

13 Freedom's false dawn 50

14 The arrival of child-women 54

15 It is the eyelash's turn 58

16 Fashion, or being on the move 62

17 Consumerism is not just about consumption 67

18 Whatever happened to the cultural elite 71

19 Drugs and diseases 75

20 Swine flu and other reasons to panic 79

21 Health and inequality 83

22 Be warned 87

23 The world inhospitable to education? (part one) 91

24 The world inhospitable to education? (part two) 95

25 The world inhospitable to education? (part three) 99

26 Ghosts of New Years past and New Years to come 102

27 Predicting the unpredictable 106

28 Calculating the incalculable 111

29 Phobia's twisted trajectories 115

30 Interregnum 119

31 Whence the superhuman force - and what for? 123

32 Back home, you men? 128

33 Escape from crisis 132

34 Is there an end to depression? 136

35 Who says you have to live by the rules? 141

36 The phenomenon of Barack Obama 146

37 Culture in a globalized city 149

38 The voice of Lorna's silence 153

39 Strangers are dangers . . . Are they, indeed? 157

40 Tribes and skies 163

41 Drawing boundaries 167

42 How good people turn evil 172

43 Fate and character 178

44 Albert Camus, or: I rebel, therefore we exist . . . 182

Notes 186

About the Author

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds

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"Bauman is geniunely interested in changing attitudes between generations (about parenting, privacy, shopping, risk and the like), and the evolution of mores in fashion, culture, and education, never resorting to the boo-hurrah dichotomies employed by true professionals of this genre. Sympathy for the young is ever-present: there is much about the ambiguous goods of texting, Facebook and the like, and Bauman already saw modern existence as 'a life of continuous emergency' even before the financial crisis struck. Overall: magnificently untweetable."
Steven Poole, The Guardian

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