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Education in the world of the diasporas

About the speaker

Zygmunt Bauman

20/11/08 09.30 am

Sociologist, Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds

Liquid-modern culture, unlike the culture of the nation-building era, has no 'people' to 'cultivate'. It has instead clients to seduce. And unlike its 'solid modern' predecessor, it no longer wishes to work itself, eventually but the sooner the better, out of a job. Its job is now to render its own survival permanent - through temporalizing all aspects of life of its former wards, now reborn as its clients.

The population of almost every country is nowadays a collection of diasporas. The population of almost every sizeable city is nowadays an aggregate of ethnic, religious, lifestyle enclaves in which the line dividing 'insiders' and 'outsiders' is a hotly contested issue.

Thus, generational change has been transformed. Children as a rule enter a world drastically different from the one which their parents were trained and learned to take as a standard of 'normality'.

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