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44 Letters from the Liquid Modern World


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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

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


"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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