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Bauman: A biography by Izabela Wagner

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September 2020, no. 424
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Anthony Elliott reviews 'Bauman: A biography' by Izabela Wagner

Bauman: A biography

by Izabela Wagner

Polity, $51.95 hb, 500 pp

Buy this book

Bauman: A biography by Izabela Wagner

Reviewed by
September 2020, no. 424

With the possible exception of Jean Baudrillard or Anthony Giddens, it is difficult to think of a contemporary sociologist who has rivalled the international intellectual standing, as well as global fame, of the late Zygmunt Bauman. In his subtle, worldly intelligence, his interdisciplinary engagement, and his poetic cast of mind, Bauman stands out as one of the most influential social thinkers of our time. A distinguished heir to the tradition of radical Marxist criticism, his writings tracked the political contradictions, cultural pressures, and emotional torments of modernity with a uniquely agile understanding. With his scathing critical pen and brilliant socio logical investigations, Bauman unearthed major institutional transformations in capitalism, culture, and communication in a language that disdained all academic boundaries, crossing effortlessly from Marx to mobile phones, from Gramsci to globalisation, and from postmodernism to the privatisation of prisons.

Anthony Elliott reviews 'Bauman: A biography' by Izabela Wagner

Bauman: A biography

by Izabela Wagner

Polity, $51.95 hb, 500 pp

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