Zygmunt Bauman: the ‘Tropics of Discourse’, a Word on Pop Culture and the Consumer Society in the Era of ‘Liquid Modernity’

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Title:Zygmunt Bauman: the ‘Tropics of Discourse’, a Word on Pop Culture and the Consumer Society in the Era of ‘Liquid Modernity’
Creators:
Petrusek, Miloslav; mpetrusek at seznam dot cz; ISS FSV UK, U Kříže 8, Praha 5 Jinonice, 158 00, Czech Republic
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 46, 5, pp. 801-821
Uncontrolled Keywords:Zygmunt Bauman, language style, popular culture, sociology of the post-modern age, consumer society, post-modern age, consumer society

Abstract

Zygmunt Bauman’s distinctive language style plays an important role in his works and sets him apart from the ‘post-modern sociologists’, among whom he does not count himself. After a short overview of the metaphors and metonymies that Bauman uses and that a) distinguish himself from the incomprehensible language of the ‘post-modernists’ and b) open up new perspectives on both classical and new sociological themes, the author turns to Bauman’s concept of ‘liquid modernity’, the cultural substance that for Bauman is part of the consumer society. While Bauman refrains from entering the debates over ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture (he does not use the term ‘mass culture’ at all), he formulates a number of interesting observations on contemporary ‘pop culture’.

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Title:Zygmunt Bauman: the ‘Tropics of Discourse’, a Word on Pop Culture and the Consumer Society in the Era of ‘Liquid Modernity’
Translated title:Zygmunt Bauman: „tropika diskursu“, slovo o pop-kultuře a spotřební společnosti epochy „tekuté modernity
Creators:
Petrusek, Miloslav; mpetrusek at seznam dot cz; ISS FSV UK, U Kříže 8, Praha 5 Jinonice, 158 00, Czech Republic
Uncontrolled Keywords:Zygmunt Bauman, language style, popular culture, sociology of the post-modern age, consumer society, post-modern age, consumer society
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:46
Number:5
Page Range:pp. 801-821
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:6624
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:10 Jun 2011 15:27
Last Modified:10 Jun 2011 13:27

Citation

Petrusek, Miloslav (2010) Zygmunt Bauman: the ‘Tropics of Discourse’, a Word on Pop Culture and the Consumer Society in the Era of ‘Liquid Modernity’. Czech Sociological Review, 46 (5). pp. 801-821. ISSN 0038-0288

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