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Zygmunt Bauman provided hope where there was only despair

The Polish sociologist, who has died aged 91, was best known for his idea of "liquid modernity"

By Neal Lawson  

"A small man with a huge intellect" ©IPA/IPA MilestoneMedia/PA Images

Zygmunt Bauman was often spoken of as the most influential sociologist of the age. He died on 9th January at the ripe age of 91. Born in Poland, he had lived in the UK since 1971, settling in Leeds where he was professor of sociology until 1991, and since then emeritus. It was in his retirement that a crescendo of writing and talking poured out of him. Better known outside…

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