Interregnum

Beyond Liquid Modernity

Carlo Bordoni

Transcript-Verlag

Interregnum

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Pub Date: August 2016

ISBN: 9783837635157

128 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Interregnum

Beyond Liquid Modernity

Carlo Bordoni

Transcript-Verlag

Challenging Zygmunt Bauman's characterization of "liquid modernity," where everything has become unstable, precarious, and uncertain, Carlo Bordoni causes us to reconsider our present condition. Bordoni, Bauman's co-author on State of Crisis, proposes to look at contemporary society as an "interregnum," a temporary break with the past. In an era characterized by anomie, the questioning of democratic achievements, and the primacy of an unbridled economy, he offers a new perspective on our social condition. Understanding the interregnum, being aware of its instability and the social degradation that it entails, can help us to make the right choices.
This brilliant essay offers a lucid and surprising answer to a longforgotten or in its broad scope even suppressed question: Where do we stand today, how can the situation of our western societies be analyzed if we don't want to stick to the old debates on modernism, postmodernism, and second or liquid modernities? For Bordoni our western societies are characterized by an end of mass- and class-structures, a return of the individual, new forms of precarization and commodification, but also by the emergence of communities beyond territory, multilocalisms and a cosmopolitism of migration. If we no longer take the uncertainties of this global situation as a danger but as a political chance and task, we can portray our epoch as an interregnum. Modernity, the old sovereign resigned and something totally unexpected is on its way. The possible shape of the new sovereign can only be deciphered from the traits of the old sovereign's disappearance Andreas Hetzel
What is this interregnum? Modernity is not liquid but viscous: it splatters, and calls out new interpreters like Bordoni. Peter Beilharz, Curtin University, Perth
Interregnum is a concept and a book which opens exciting new ways of thinking about the confusions and possibilities of the world in which we live. We owe a debt of gratitude to Carlo Bordoni for the stimulation his timely intervention provides. Keith Tester, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Interregnum casts very welcome doubts about the many rushed attempts at offering grand theories for the present. Peter Wagner, University of Barcelona

About the Author

Carlo Bordoni is a sociologist and journalist who has taught at the Universities of Florence, Pisa, and Naples. He writes for Il Corriere della Sera and is the author of State of Crisis, with Zygmunt Bauman.