This new book by Zygmunt Bauman one of the foremost social thinkers of our time is an inventory of liquid modern fears. It is also an attempt to uncover their common sources, to analyse the obstacles that pile up on the road to their discovery and to examine the ways of putting them out of action or rendering them harmless.
Through his brilliant account of the fears and anxieties that weigh on us today, Bauman alerts us to the scale of the task which we shall have to confront through most of the current century if we wish our fellow humans to emerge at its end feeling more secure and self-confident than we feel at its beginning.
Introduction: On the Origin, Dynamics and Uses of Fear 1
1 Dread of Death 22
2 Fear and Evil 54
3 Horror of the Unmanageable 72
4 Terrors of the Global 96
5 Setting Fears Afl oat 129
6 Thought against Fear (or, an inconclusive conclusion for those who may ask what might be done) 160