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Sociologias

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BASILIO, Márcio Pereira. Liquid Times. Sociologias [online]. 2010, n.23, pp. 438-449. ISSN 1517-4522.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-45222010000100016.

This review intends to identify the main ideas of Zygmunt Bauman's Liquid Times. In this sense, the key issue that permeates the work is uncertainty. A phenomenon that results from the "desire for freedom" - which is a sign of the postmodernity, in the words of the author - that principle is directly opposed to that which is based on a stable social life, in the modern world. In a globalized world, society is no longer protected by the State, or at least it is unlikely to trust the protection on offer; it is now exposed to the rapacity of forces it does not control and no longer hopes or intends to recapture and subdue. Thus, the book under review contributes both to the understanding and comprehension of the social phenomena that surrounds us, and to an appropriate interaction, with predictable effects.

Keywords : Uncertainty; Globalization; Nation-state.

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