Beyond Liquid Modernity
Challenging the thought of Zygmunt Bauman on the subject of liquid modernity, where everything has become unstable, precarious and uncertain, Carlo Bordoni (author with Bauman of »State of Crisis«) proposes to look at contemporary society as an »interregnum«, a temporary break with the past. In a condition characterised 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 and 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 long forgotten 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)