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Late modernity

The relationship bauman liquid modernity the individual and the self, as well as between the individual and the others, acquires through Z. Being consumers and being consumed become, in fact, most general determinations of an individual who is affected the most problematic effects of the process of de-socialization, started by globalization, now arrived at one of its most acute and bauman liquid modernity phases.


Social aggregation and organization are deprived of their traditional tasks: The individual becomes an isolated monad always looking for new forms bauman liquid modernity socialization, which instead of providing safety bauman liquid modernity welfare, increase the gap between man and the Self and between man and the other.

More and more people are organized in social networks, which communicate via computer.

Understanding Society: Liquid modernity?

The belonging, in fact, is characterized as a natural human feeling, that, being suppressed nowadays - is manifest in surrogate forms of virtual social aggregation that are the attempt to satisfy the natural human sociability.

The bauman liquid modernity society, in fact, does not aggregate, at any rate, disaggregate turning groups into isolated monads, with weak and fragmented bonds, where the individual is crystallized between the search for Self and the disarray in the not - Self.

The singularity and uniqueness of the individual is replaced by the flow of the needs of a group, which - in our contemporary world - seems to bauman liquid modernity the appearance of a swarm.

A swarm can do without all the ceremonial and tricks without which it would neither form nor survive.


They come together, scatter and gather again, from an occasion to another, every time inevitably for a different reason, and are attracted by changeable aims. The seductive power of mobile objectives is a rule sufficient to coordinate movements, and this is bauman liquid modernity to render superfluous any other command or imposition from above.

In reality, the swarms do not even have a high and low: Then, even the traditional hierarchies that generate order, dissolve and become strong inviolable nucleus in which the individual can find himself, directing and limiting his own desires.

Zygmunt Bauman. Individual and society in the liquid modernity

This means that every opportunity to bauman liquid modernity the human being collapses. Consequently the individual is considered as a momentary unity of the passing swarm and driven by the fleeting bauman liquid modernity. He is a vivid and original writer with an eye for the revealing personal experience.

As he puts the point a few pages later: The original cause of the solids melting was not resentment against solidity as such, but dissatisfaction with the degree of solidity of the extant and inherited solids: Flexibility has replaced solidity as the ideal condition to be pursued of things and affairs.

And these ideas seem to converge to some extent with the idea of a "liquid" society.

Here are a few statements of these ideas: On the core idea of plasticity of the social link: I maintain that virtually all social entities are "plastic": Organizations, labor unions, universities, churches, and social identities all show a substantial degree of flexibility and fluidity over time, bauman liquid modernity this fact leads to a substantial degree of heterogeneity among groups of similar social organizations and institutions.

This points to a general and important observation about the constitution of the social world: The properties of a social entity or practice can change over time; they are not rigid, fixed, or timeless.

They are not bound into consistent and unchanging categories of entities, such as "bureaucratic state," "Islamic society," or "leftist labor bauman liquid modernity. But in contrast to natural substances such as gold or water, social things can change their properties indefinitely.


A second way in which an entity might be unchanging is as a dynamic equilibrium.