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THE SOCIAL EDGE INTERVIEW: AUTHOR ZYGMUNT BAUMAN

by Gerry McCarthy

Zygmunt Bauman is one of the foremost social thinkers of our time. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds and the University of Warsaw. Some of his numerous books include: Liquid Modernity, The Individualized Society, Modernity and the Holocaust, In Search of Politics, and Liquid Love. His new book Liquid Fear was recently published by Polity. I reached him in Leeds, England.
Gerry McCarthy: In Liquid Fear you write that: "All in all, human relations are no longer sites of certainty, tranquility and spiritual comfort. They become instead a prolific source of anxiety. Instead of offering the coveted rest, they promise perpetual anxiety and a life on the alert. Distress signals will never stop flashing, tocsins will never stop sounding." In liquid modern life, does this mean we’re unwilling to form deep friendships and companionship? If so: What are the consequences?
Zygmunt Bauman: Just on the contrary. It is precisely because we are willing "to form deep friendships and companionship," and willing more strongly and
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