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Struggling for the Soul of Sociology: Bauman and Ethnomethodology

By Lisa Morriss and Greg Smith Bauman’s critical assessment of ethnomethodology(EM) was the lead article of the first issue of The Sociological Review of 1973. Its placement perhaps reflected the serious attention British sociologists gave to EM as the newest import from the Land of Sociology. Then as now, The Sociological Review was in the vanguard […]

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Soil, Blood and Identity

By Lucy Mayblin Nationalism appears to be on the rise in Europe. Indeed, from west to east, north to south, nationalist movements seeking to exclude migrants or trigger the break-up of the European Union are growing in popularity. Nationalism’s exclusionary, xenophobic, often racist articulation was a key feature of the UK’s Brexit campaign and the subsequent reaction to the […]

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Bauman, Sociology of Consumption and Environmental Limits

By David Evans Re-reading Bauman’s Sociology and Postmodernity, I found myself awash with a sense of nostalgia.  It conjures a time in which sociologists were able, perhaps required, to debate the nature of modernity and the contours of the very discipline that was born to make sense of it. A time in which culture and cultural […]

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Bringing it all Back Home: Zygmunt Bauman on Modernity

By Matt Dawson 1988’s ‘Sociology and Postmodernity’ came during a transitional phase in Zygmunt Bauman’s academic career.  It was published in between the two texts which began to establish his reputation as a major theorist in his adopted home of the UK, 1987’s Legislators and Interpreters and 1989’s Modernity and the Holocaust while also ushering in his focus on […]

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Ask Not What You Can Do for Ethnomethodology

By Robin Smith Since the 1960s, various sociologists and philosophers have taken it upon themselves to describe what ethnomethodology is, what ethnomethodologists should study, and what ethnomethodologists should learn from sociology’s professional troubles. In 1973, Zygmunt Bauman took his turn. As others have noted, there are various flaws in Bauman’s account and the article contains a number […]

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Order Built on Sand

By Agata Lisiak In her critical reading of Zygmunt Bauman’s 1992 essay Soil, Blood, Nation, Lucy Mayblin takes on the late sociologist’s selective engagement with the roots of European nationalisms and nation states. As Mayblin observes, Bauman offers not only an inadequate, but also inaccurate historical account of how national identities in Europe developed. Bauman cites a […]

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Undiscovered Country from Whose Bourn No Traveller Returns: Bauman and the Sociologies of End Times

By Jana Bacevic “Morality, as it were, is a functional prerequisite of a world with an in-built finality and irreversibility of choices. Postmodern culture does not know of such a world.” Zygmunt Bauman, Sociology and postmodernity Getting reacquainted with Bauman’s 1988 essay “Sociology and postmodernity”, I accidentally misread the first word of this quote as “mortality”. […]

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Bauman? On Ethnomethodology?

By Phillip Brooker I would like to acknowledge, with great thanks, the Manchester Ethnomethodology/Wittgenstein reading group, and especially Wil Coleman, Alex Dennis and Wes Sharrock who willingly spent a session indulging me in discussing the article in question. The expert insight they have offered has been hugely appreciated, and I hope the piece that follows […]

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