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Janina charts in her memoirs how, yet again, she was to be rejected. Horrified at the repression, zygmunt bauman biography violence and undercurrents of anti-semitism, she resigned from the party, was demoted and then lost her job.

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Bauman himself has never described the details but the noose slowly tightened on him also and finally inafter 20 years as an academic, an zygmunt bauman biography purge of Warsaw University forced them and a number of other leading Jewish intellectuals into exile in Israel, leaving close relatives and friends behind.

It was zygmunt bauman biography shattering experience for them; Janina writes of the "despair" of starting life again in their late 40s.

Tarkowska remembers the gap they left behind: We didn't want to go from being the victims of one nationalism to being the perpetrators of another," says Janina. Bauman's reputation had spread well beyond Poland so there were no shortage of job offers.

They turned down one in Canberra, Australia, as too far from Europe, and accepted the next offer, as head of the sociology department at Leeds at the invitation of the then vice-chancel lor, Zygmunt bauman biography Boyle, a former Conservative education minister.

They zygmunt bauman biography with little knowledge of Britain, and none of Leeds, but have been in the same roomy s house surrounded by an overgrown garden next to a busy main road ever since.

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Bauman was not tempted to pursue the prestigious posts at British universities such as the LSE or Oxbridge. Zygmunt bauman biography way of explanation, Janina interjects, "We moved enough in the past.

He likens Bauman to another distinguished European refugee sociologist, Norbert Elias, who similarly found a quiet niche at Leicester.

Both the Baumans talk warmly of the acceptance they have found zygmunt bauman biography Britain as Poles.

Sennett thinks Bauman made the right decision not to go to the States: He is one of those displaced intellectuals who have come home to Britain; they never assimilate, but at the same time they are very comfortable. They all dwell on the great crises of central European culture - the second world war, Holocaust, communism and its collapse.

It speaks well for Britain that these men could work out this crisis of European humanism here where many of the terms are not familiar to the UK. Varcoe believes that part of his appeal to post-Soviet bloc countries is his attempt to articulate an ethical vision zygmunt bauman biography the wreck of communism: He thought about all of this years before everyone else, and saw the collapse of communism as a great zygmunt bauman biography, but as the 90s wore on he became increasingly depressed that these ethical issues were not being addressed and, instead, consumer values were more deeply entrenched than ever.

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His preoccupation with morality makes him an unusual sort of zygmunt bauman biography. Not for him the exhaustive statistical analysis and surveys, he prefers the grand, sweeping assertion which his reader can accept, reject or reason with.

He never builds his arguments on assembling facts, but on provocation. Nor is he prepared to accept the traditional boundaries of sociology; Mulgan places him at the interstices of sociology, philosophy and psychology. That can zygmunt bauman biography him seem eclectic to some; Mulgan accuses him of not being a systematic or logical thinker.

Since the turn of the millennium, his books have tried to avoid the confusion surrounding the term "postmodernity" by using the metaphors of "liquid" and "solid" modernity.