′Modernity and the Holocaust
is a very fine book. Broad inscope and penetrating in analysis, it is disturbing as its subjectmatter demands, yet never fails to preserve the crucial element ofreflective distance out of which new or more acute knowledge isable to emerge.′ Times Higher Education Supplement
′Such is the concentrated brilliance of this study that it issure to find an appreciative audience in every field of researchwhich touches on the Holocaust.′ Times LiterarySupplement
′This is a profound book, brilliant in its insights ... Itdemands wide readership.′ Political Studies
′The book should be widely read by students of the socialsciences, since it is, apart from a provocative analysis ofexplanations of genocide, a critique of sociology, which Baumanclaims has neglected the ethical dilemmas posed by the destructionof the Jews.′ Sociology
From the Back Cover
Sociology is concerned with modern society, but has never come toterms with one of the most distinctive and horrific aspects ofmodernity – the Holocaust.
The book examines what sociology can teach us about theHolocaust, but more particularly concentrates upon the lessonswhich the Holocaust has for sociology. Bauman′s work demonstratesthat the Holocaust has to be understood as deeply involved with thenature of modernity. There is nothing comparable to this workavailable in the sociological literature.