Zygmunt Bauman : order, strangerhood and freedom

Marotta, Vince 2002, Zygmunt Bauman : order, strangerhood and freedom, Thesis eleven, vol. 70, no. 1, pp. 36-54.

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Title Zygmunt Bauman : order, strangerhood and freedom
Author(s) Marotta, Vince
Journal name Thesis eleven
Volume number 70
Issue number 1
Start page 36
End page 54
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0725-5136
1461-7455
Keyword(s) freedom
identity
modernity
order
the stranger
Summary In the final decades of the 20th century, issues such as identity, Otherness and the role of social and cultural boundaries have been prominent in social theory, sociology and cultural studies. In this context, an analysis of Bauman's work is important because it raises pertinent questions pertaining to the nature of social and cultural boundaries and the nature of boundary construction under modernity. The metaphors of inside and outside and the idea of the boundary are significant in Bauman's critique of modernity's search for a meta-order and in his examination of strangerhood. The article illustrates how this ordering process manifests itself at the individual and societal levels of modernity. Bauman's contention is that modernity's search for a meta-order leads to the construction of boundaries and to exclusionary practices. It is the presence of the Third, for Bauman, which threatens the certainty of order. Different images of the stranger in Bauman's work are identified and the ways in which Bauman's conception of freedom and `community' is intrinsically linked to his work on the ambivalent stranger are demonstrated.
Language eng
Field of Research 160806 Social Theory
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, SAGE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001662

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and International Studies
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