liquid modernity

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Zygmunt Bauman's term for the present historical condition of globalized capitalism. It is defined by a chronic weakening of the relationship between labour and capital and the unleashing of capital's power to dissolve social and communal bonds. It is characterized by the pervasiveness in contemporary society of what Bauman refers to as the ‘unholy trinity’ of uncertainty, insecurity and unsafety, or as he more bluntly puts it the failure of government to act as the principal guarantor of existence. See also modernity; postmodernism; second modernity.

Further Reading:

Z. Bauman Liquid Modernity (2000).Z. Bauman Liquid Love (2003).

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

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