The remarkably diverse writings of Zygmunt Bauman range across a large number of issues in sociology, politics, history, and cultural studies. This is the first collection of Bauman's writings to cover the entire breadth of his work, and includes a summarizing essay and commentary by editor Peter Beilharz. Beginning with Bauman's early English-language work on socialism, the Reader proceeds through Legislators and Interpreters to Bauman's defense of a sociology of the postmodern. The editor has also selected essays from Bauman's preeminent works on the Holocaust and on globalization. The book includes a new extensive interview, anticipating some of Bauman's forthcoming work.
Peter Beilharz holds a Chair in Sociology at La Trobe University, Australia. In 1980 he co-founded Thesis Eleven, the international journal of social theory. His major books include Labour's Utopias (1992), Postmodern Socialism (1994), Transforming Labor (1994), Imagining the Antipodes (1997), and Zygmunt Bauman: Dialectic of Modernity (2000)