Modernity and the Holocaust


1. Introduction: Sociology after the Holocaust.
2. Modernity, Racism, Extermination – I.
3. Modernity, Racism, Extermination – II.
4. On the Uniqueness and Normality of the Holocaust.
5. Soliciting Cooperation of the Victims.
6. The Ethics of Obedience (reading Milgram).
7. Towards a Sociological Theory of Morality Rationality and Shame.


Zygmunt Bauman is the author of many works including Legislators and Interpreters and
Modernity and Ambivalence. He was also awarded the Theodor W. Adorno Prize in 1998.


Sociology is concerned with modern society, but has never come to terms with one of the most distinctive and horrific aspects of modernity – the Holocaust.

The book examines what sociology can teach us about the Holocaust, but more particularly concentrates upon the lessons which the Holocaust has for sociology. Bauman’s work demonstrates that the Holocaust has to be understood as deeply involved with the nature of modernity. There is nothing comparable to this work available in the sociological literature.

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