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Revisiting Modernity and the Holocaust
Heritage, Dilemmas, Extensions

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ISBN 9780367637545
April 18, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Zygmunt Bauman’s Modernity and the Holocaust is a decisive text of intellectual reflection after Auschwitz, in which Bauman rejected the idea that the Holocaust represented the polar opposite of modernity and saw it instead as its dark potentiality. Bringing together leading scholars from across disciplines, this volume offers the first set of focused and critical commentaries on this classic work of social theory, evaluating its ongoing contribution to scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. Addressing the core messages of Modernity and the Holocaust that continue to sound amidst the convulsions of the present, the chapters situate Bauman’s volume in the social, cultural and academic context of its genesis, and considers its role in the complex processes of Holocaust memorialisation. Offering extensions of Bauman’s thesis to lesser-known and under-theorised events of mass violence, and also considering the significance of Janina Bauman’s writings in their own right, this volume will appeal to scholars of sociology, intellectual history, Holocaust and genocide studies, moral philosophy, memory studies, and cultural theory.

Table of Contents

Editors Introduction: Through the Window Again: Revisiting Modernity and the Holocaust

Jack Palmer & Dariusz Brzeziński

Section 1: Sociology after Modernity and the Holocaust

1. Modernity or Decivilization? Bauman’s Thesis after 30 Years

Larry Ray

2. The Sociology of Modernity, the Ethnography of the Holocaust: What Zygmunt Bauman Knew

Joanna Tokarska-Bakir

Section 2: Rationality, Obedience, Agency

3. From Understanding Victims to Victims’ Understanding: Rationality, Shame and Other Emotions in Modernity and the Holocaust

Dominic Williams

4. Warsaw Jews in the Face of the Holocaust: ‘Trajectory’ as the Key Concept in Understanding Victims’ Behaviour

Maria Ferenc

5. Visual Representations of Modernity in Documents from the Łódź Ghetto

Paweł Michna

Section 3: Extensions and Reevaluations

6. Reassessing Modernity and the Holocaust in the Light of Genocide in Bosnia

Arne Johan Vetlesen

7. The Rwandan Genocide and the Multiplicity of Modernity

Jack Palmer

Section 4: ‘That world that was not his’ – on Janina Bauman

8. Janina Bauman: To Remain Human in Inhuman Conditions

Lydia Bauman

9. Janina and Zygmunt Bauman: A Case Study of Inspiring Collaboration

Izabela Wagner

10. Reading Modernity and the Holocaust with and against Winter in the Morning

Griselda Pollock

Section 5: The Legacies of Modernity and the Holocaust

11. Bauman, the Frankfurt School, and the Tradition of Enlightened Catastrophism

Jonathon Catlin

12. Modernity and the Holocaust and the Concentrationary Universe

Max Silverman

Off-the-Scene: An Afterword

Bryan Cheyette

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Jack Palmer is Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and Deputy Director of the Bauman Institute at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the author of Entanglements of Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide.

Dariusz Brzeziński is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theoretical Sociology at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Zygmunt Bauman and the Theory of Culture.