Modernity and the Holocaust
Cornell University Press, 2000 - History - 267 pages
A new afterword to this edition, "The Duty to RememberóBut What?" tackles difficult issues of guilt and innocence on the individual and societal levels. Zygmunt Bauman explores the silences found in debates about the Holocaust, and asks what the historical facts of the Holocaust tell us about the hidden capacities of present-day life. He finds great danger in such phenomena as the seductiveness of martyrdom; going to extremes in the name of safety; the insidious effects of tragic memory; and efficient, "scientific" implementation of the death penalty. Bauman writes, "Once the problem of the guilt of the Holocaust perpetrators has been by and large settled . . . the one big remaining question is the innocence of all the restónot the least the innocence of ourselves."Among the conditions that made the mass extermination of the Holocaust possible, according to Bauman, the most decisive factor was modernity itself. Bauman's provocative interpretation counters the tendency to reduce the Holocaust to an episode in Jewish history, or to one that cannot be repeated in the West precisely because of the progressive triumph of modern civilization. He demonstrates, rather, that we must understand the events of the Holocaust as deeply rooted in the very nature of modern society and in the central categories of modern social thought.
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Introduction Sociology after the Holocaust
The Holocaust as the test of modernity
The meaning of the civilizing process
Social production of moral indifference
Social production of moral invisibility
Moral consequences of the civilizing process
Modernity Racism Extermination I
Some peculiarities of Jewish estrangement
Soliciting the Cooperation of the Victims
Sealing off the victims
The save what you can game
Individual rationality in the service of collective destruction
Rationality of selfpreservation
The Ethics of Obedience Reading Milgram
Jewish incongruity from Christendom to modernity
Astride the barricades
The prismatic group
Modern dimensions of incongruity
The nonnational nation
The modernity of racism
Modernity Racism Extermination II
From heterophobia to racism
Racism as a form of social engineering
From repellence to extermination
The Uniqueness and Normality of the Holocaust
Peculiarity of modern genocide
Effects of the hierarchical and functional divisions of labour
Dehumanization of bureaucratic objects
The role of bureaucracy in the Holocaust
Bankruptcy of modern safeguards
Inhumanity as a function of social distance
Complicity after ones own act
Pluralism of power and power of conscience
The social nature of evil
Towards a Sociological Theory of Morality
Society as a factory of morality
The challenge of the Holocaust
Presocietal sources of morality
Social proximity and moral responsibility
Social suppression of moral responsibility
Social production of distance
Afterthought Rationality and Shame
The European Amalfi Prize Lecture
Afterword to the 2000 Edition
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