“De-familiarize the familiar” and “Familiarize the unfamiliar”

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Part 1 of Zygmunt Bauman Interview Zygmunt Bauman is a renowned Polish sociologist and intellectual, who has lived in Leeds (England) for the past four decades. In the last half-a-century he has written more than thirty-five books (published in English) which provide critical analyses, and in-depth and incisive diagnoses of the human condition. In his work, Bauman has developed a comprehensive and colourful conceptual apparatus to chart the contorted and…Read more

Escaping Inside Utopia

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Part 2 of Zygmunt Bauman Interview   The idea of ‘the good life’ is often associated or equated with some notion of ‘the good society’ or at elast some form of ‘utopia’ – the imagination of alternative, better futures for humans and their societies. Although utopia is not a conventional concern of sociologists, the topic of utopia – the idea of a different or even better world – is nevertheless a…Read more

Fulfilling the Primary Mandate: Suffering and healing among the Tzotzil Maya People of Chiapas

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Click here for the Spanish version of this article   The impression it produces on the visitor is unforgettable. What hits him as he enters the edifice are the sights, smells and sounds – the color and brightness of the various offerings of candles and still more candles of different colors all around, each burning brighter than the other; the sight and smell  of the burning incense, the scent of…Read more