18 Marzo 2013

Interview with Zygmunt Baumann/1

A conversation with the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman about the "Black Friday" dramatic events, on the 14th of September 2012.
Tags: Sociology

Part 1: Tension and energy release in Muslim countries and in the consumerist Western society.

Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most famous sociologists of the world. Born in Poland in 1925 to a Jewish family, he emigrated to England in 1971, where he taught until 1990.
He is currently Emeritus Professor at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw. Especially known for his studies and books on consumerism, postmodernism and globalization, Bauman analyzes the fears of our social situation, less and less definable and more and more pervasive.

We interviewed him at the Philosophy Festival in Modena, on the 15th of September 2012, after the "Black Friday" (September 14th), one of the worst days in the crisis between radical Islam and the West.
A blasphemous film produced in the USA, "Innocence of Muslims", has led to violence and clashes broke out on the 11th of September in Benghazi with the death of the U.S. Ambassador Stevens and continued on Friday the 14th with many attacks on American targets and embassies in Khartoum, Cairo, Tunis (with several deaths), Chennay, Dhaka, London, Berlin, Sana'a, Jakarta, Tripoli in Lebanon, and in the Sinai.

We asked him an opinion about these dramatic events.

In the second part of the interview, Bauman will address the issues of groundlessness and uncertainty, and the question of the lack of sense that modernity, and especially its young people, is living.

Enjoy the video!

Interviewers: Roberto Ferrari, Stefano Poletti 

Translated from the Italian version by Marianna Turriciano. 

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