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Modernity and the Holocaust
By Zygmunt Bauman ( (other contributor)) and Zygmunt Bauman
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Cornell Univ Pr
Publication date February 1, 2001
Pages 267
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780801487194
ISBN-10 0801487196
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $24.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A new afterword to this edition, "The Duty to Remember―But What?" tackles difficult issues of guilt and innocence on the individual and societal levels. Zygmunt Bauman explores the silences found in debates about the Holocaust, and asks what the historical facts of the Holocaust tell us about the hidden capacities of present-day life. He finds great danger in such phenomena as the seductiveness of martyrdom; going to extremes in the name of safety; the insidious effects of tragic memory; and efficient, "scientific" implementation of the death penalty. Bauman writes, "Once the problem of the guilt of the Holocaust perpetrators has been by and large settled . . . the one big remaining question is the innocence of all the rest―not the least the innocence of ourselves."Among the conditions that made the mass extermination of the Holocaust possible, according to Bauman, the most decisive factor was modernity itself. Bauman's provocative interpretation counters the tendency to reduce the Holocaust to an episode in Jewish history, or to one that cannot be repeated in the West precisely because of the progressive triumph of modern civilization. He demonstrates, rather, that we must understand the events of the Holocaust as deeply rooted in the very nature of modern society and in the central categories of modern social thought.

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Reprint edition from Cornell Univ Pr (February 1, 2001)
9780801487194 | details & prices | 267 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $24.95
About: A new afterword to this edition, "The Duty to Remember―But What?
New edition from Polity Pr (April 30, 1992)
9780745609300 | details & prices | 238 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $29.95
This edition also contains Modernity and the Holocaust
About: This work examines what sociology can teach us about the Holocaust, but more particularly concentrates on the lesson which the Holocaust has for sociology.

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