“We are witnessing the revenge of nomadism over the principle of territoriality and settlement. In the fluid stage of modernity, the settled majority is ruled by the nomadic and exterritorial elite. Keeping the roads free for nomadic traffic and phasing out the remaining check-points has now become the meta-purpose of politics.” Zygmunt Bauman, Liquid Modernity, 2000 (13)

“The change from solid to liquid modernity is driven by the needs of the powerful, which means the economically powerful, whose ends are best met by an inversion of what once served them.

“Instead of settlement, location, national economies and political entities, which made the city its symbol against all forms of transitoriness, offering the order and discipline necessary for production and consumption; the liquid phase of modernity aims to erode frontiers and boundaries. The disintegration of social network, the falling apart of effective agencies of collective action is often noted with a good deal of anxiety and bewailed as the unanticipated ‘side effect’ of the new lightness and fluidity of the increasingly mobile, slippery, shifty evasive and fugitive power. But social disintegration is as much a condition as it is the outcome of the new technique of power, using disengagement and the art of escape as its major tools. (Bauman, 2000: 14)

“From Liquid Modernity and Cultural Analysis: An Introduction to a Transdisciplinary Encounter,” Griselda Pollock. Theory, Culture & Society, 2007 (SAGE, London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi), Vol. 24(1): 111–116

Listen to Baumont HERE. This link also contains links to the following sessions:

Plenary Session 1: Neal Lawson – The Contemporary Relevance of Zygmunt Bauman
Plenary Session 2: Saskia Sassen – In the Shadow of our Liquid Modernity
Plenary Session 3: Daniel Libeskind – Counterpoint
Plenary Session 4: George Ritzer – Rationalization, Consumption and Globalization: Bauman and Beyond
Special Panel Session – Engaging with Zygmunt Bauman: Personal Reflections