Modernity and Ambivalence
Modernity and Ambivalence
Modern civilization, Bauman argues, promised to make our lives understandable and open to our control. This has not happened and today we no longer believe it ever will. In this book, now available in paperback, Bauman argues that our postmodern age is the time for reconciliation with ambivalence, we must learn how to live in an incurably ambiguous world.
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  • October 1993
  • 304 pages
  • 156 x 228 mm / 6 x 9 in
Available Formats
  • Paperback $31.25
  • 9780745612423
  • Open eBook $25.00
  • 9780745638119
Table of Contents

1. The Scandal of Ambivalence.

2. Social Construction of Ambivalence.

3. Self-Construction of Ambivalence.

4. A Case Study in the Sociology of Assimilation (I):.

Trapped in Ambivalence.

5. A Case Study in the Sociology of Assimilation (II):.

Revenge of Ambivalence.

6. Privatization of Ambivalence.

7. Postmodernity, or Living with Ambivalence.

About the Author
Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw. He was the winner of the prestigious European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and the Social Sciences, 1989, he was also awarded the Theodor W. Adorno Prize for 1998.
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'Both parts [of the book] contain powerful critiques which contribute significantly to an area of debate which is rapidly coming to define the very promise of the sociological project.' Sociology

'An argument rich in insight, imposing in its range and reference.' New Statesman and Society

'A fascinating and highly original book which tells the story of modern men and women entrapped in ambivalence.' Agnes Heller, New School for Social Research

'[A] remarkable and passionate text.' Sociology

'Sensitive and intellectually highly stimulating work, Modernity and Ambivalence fuses the parochial and the universal, the historical and the theoretical, in a masterly fashion.' Muslim World Book Review

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