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A Distinguished Man Zygmunt Bauman was born in Poznan Poland in 1925 He moved to Britain with his wife Janina in the 1950s and took up a position as Lecturer at both the University of Warsaw and the University of Tel Aviv He held several visiting professorships before he became Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds in Yorkshire from 1972 until his retirement in 1990 Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at both the University of Leeds and University of Warsaw wwwsociologyonlinecom He has been described by the British sociologist Anthony Giddens as the theorist of postmodernityhe has developed a position with which everyone has to reckon wwwsociologyonlinecom While heading the Department of Sociology at Leeds Bauman brought great qualities of intellectual leadership From the start he saw his task as one of inspiring students and among his academic colleagues promoting a collegial atmosphere in which new academic projects were welcomed and free and open discussion encouraged in an atmosphere of mutual tolerance and understanding wwwleedsacuk Since his retirement Bauman and his reputation has continued to benefit sociology at Leeds Zygmunt Bauman is a prolific writer known for such works as Legislators and Interpreters 1987 Modernity and the Holocaust 1989 and Postmodern Ethics 1993 He is the author of about 21 books two more projected for the early 2000s and of numerous articles and reviews wwwleedsacuk In 1990 Bauman was awarded the Amalfi European Prize followed by the Adorno Prize in 1998 Today he is described variously as one of the twentieth centurys great social theorists and the worlds foremost sociologist of postmodernity wwwleedsacuk Influences to Baumans Work Baumans logic can be traced back to his upbringing in the Polish Humanist tradition where society was culture His most immediate teachers Julian Hochfeld and Stanislaw Ossowski viewed sociology as primarily a service to the common man seen simultaneously as a product and the producer of culture wwwubes Bauman eventually learned to think of culture
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