9780801487194

Modernity and the Holocaust

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801487194

  • ISBN10:

    0801487196

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-02-01
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr

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Summary

Sociology is concerned with modern society, but has never come to terms with one of the most distinctive and horrific aspects of modernity - the Holocaust. The book examines what sociology can teach us about the Holocaust, but more particularly concentrates upon the lessons which the Holocaust has for sociology. Bauman's work demonstrates that the Holocaust has to be understood as deeply involved with the nature of modernity. There is nothing comparable to this work available in the sociological literature.

Author Biography

Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: Sociology after the Holocaust
1(30)
The Holocaust as the test of modernity
6(6)
The meaning of the civilizing process
12(6)
Social production of moral indifference
18(6)
Social production of moral invisibility
24(3)
Moral consequences of the civilizing process
27(4)
Modernity, Racism, Extermination I
31(30)
Some peculiarities of Jewish estrangement
33(4)
Jewish incongruity from Christendom to modernity
37(4)
Astride the barricades
41(1)
The prismatic group
42(4)
Modern dimensions of incongruity
46(6)
The non-national nation
52(4)
The modernity of racism
56(5)
Modernity, Racism, Extermination II
61(22)
From heterophobia to racism
62(4)
Racism as a form of social engineering
66(6)
From repellence to extermination
72(5)
Looking ahead
77(6)
The Uniqueness and Normality of the Holocaust
83(34)
The problem
85(3)
Genocide extraordinary
88(5)
Peculiarity of modern genocide
93(5)
Effects of the hierarchical and functional division of labour
98(4)
Dehumanization of bureaucratic objects
102(2)
The role of bureaucracy in the Holocaust
104(3)
Bankruptcy of modern safeguards
107(4)
Conclusions
111(6)
Soliciting the Co-operation of the Victims
117(34)
`Sealing off' the victims
122(7)
The `save what you can' game
129(6)
Individual rationality in the service of collective destruction
135(7)
Rationality of self-preservation
142(7)
Conclusion
149(2)
The Ethics of Obedience (Reading Milgram)
151(18)
Inhumanity as a function of social distance
155(2)
Complicity after one's own act
157(2)
Technology moralized
159(2)
Free-floating responsibility
161(2)
Pluralism of power and power of conscience
163(3)
The social nature of evil
166(3)
Towards a Sociological Theory of Morality
169(32)
Society as a factory of morality
170(5)
The challenge of the Holocaust
175(4)
Pre-societal sources of morality
179(5)
Social proximity and moral responsibility
184(4)
Social suppression of moral responsibility
188(4)
Social production of distance
192(6)
Final remarks
198(3)
Afterthought: Rationality and Shame
201(50)
Social Manipulation of Morality: The European Amalfi Prize Lecture
208(14)
The Duty to Remember-But What?: Afterword to the 2000 Edition
222(29)
Notes 251

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