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The Social Thought of Zygmunt Bauman


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Keith Tester
    Pages 1-11
  3. Keith Tester
    Pages 12-33
  4. Keith Tester
    Pages 34-57
  5. Keith Tester
    Pages 58-81
  6. Keith Tester
    Pages 82-106
  7. Keith Tester
    Pages 107-130
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 183-202

About this book


Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most important contemporary social thinkers. He has changed the way we think about the Holocaust, postmodernity and globalisation. This is the first book to discuss all of Bauman's work, from the first essays in post-Stalinist Poland, through to his participation in 1960s Marxist revisionism, and up to the work for which he is well known in the West. Bauman's work is put into its social and historical context, and it is shown why Bauman matters.


communism globalization Marxism participation socialism sociology work

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of PortsmouthUK

About the authors

KEITH TESTER is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hull, UK. He is the author of a number of books and co-author of Conversations with Zygmunt Bauman.

Bibliographic information


'Nobody understands Zygmunt Bauman better than Keith Tester. Tester constructs a dialogue with Bauman, on his own terrain. The result is a hermeneutic personal and sociological at the same time. Bauman emerges from these pages as the persistent advocate of the good society and of human dignity. This is critical sociology at its best.' - Peter Beilharz, Director, Thesis Eleven Centre for Critical Theory, La Trobe University, Australia