Born LiquidTransformations in the Third Millennium
Born Liquid
Transformations in the Third Millennium
Translated by Lucinda Byatt

<i>Born Liquid </i> is the last work by the great sociologist and social theorist Zygmunt Bauman, whose brilliant analyses of liquid modernity changed the way we think about our world today. At the time of his death, Bauman was working on this short book, a conversation with the Italian journalist Thomas Leoncini, exactly sixty years his junior. In the exchange with Leoncini, Bauman considers, for the first time, the world of those born after the early 1980s, the individuals who were ‘born liquid’ and feel at home in a society of constant flux. As always, taking his cue from contemporary issues and debates, Bauman examines this world by discussing what are often regarded as its most ephemeral features. The transformation of the body, tattoos, cosmetic surgery, hipsters, aggression, bullying, the internet, gender transitions and changing sexual preferences are all analyzed with characteristic brilliance in this concise and topical book, which will be of particular interest to young people, natives of the liquid modern world, as well as to Bauman’s many readers of all generations.

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  • October 2018
  • 96 pages
  • 124 x 190 mm / 5 x 7 in
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Table of Contents

1. Skin-deep transformations

Tattoos, plastic surgery, hipsters

2. Transformations of aggressivity


3. Transformations of sex and dating

Declining taboos in the era of finding love online


The last lesson

About the Author

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

Thomas Leoncini is an Italian journalist and writer.

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