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The escape from the common problems

Forfatter: Zygmunt Bauman
Forlag: Polity, 2017
Recently deceased Zygmunt Bauman is known for his grim social diagnoses. Where is the medicine? 

In the book Retrotopia, which was to be his last, gives the Polish sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman a contribution to the discussion about the hope of the future, which he, like many others, considers to be on the waning front today. The healthy and robust drive towards the future is weakened when the present appears as a dystopia and the utopias of the future lose credibility. Then it becomes tempting to retreat or look back. "Retrotopia" stands partly for the individual's escape from contemporary problems and partly for the refuge in the imagined idylls and reassuring identities of the past. It is as if the march of history forward stagnates and turns into an disorganized retreat. The sketch of the late modern man's various forms of relapse and regression paints a complicated picture of the disease – which involves it. . .

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Anders Dunker
Philosopher. Regular literary critic in Ny Tid. Translator.

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