Zygmunt Bauman: Strangers at Our Door

1st edition. Polity, 2016, 120 pages, ISBN: 978-1-509-51216-4.

  • Nikola Medová

Abstract

Refugees from the violence of wars and the brutality of famished lives have knocked on other people's doors since the beginning of time. For the people behind the doors, these uninvited guests were always strangers, and strangers tend to generate fear and anxiety precisely because they are unknown. Today we find ourselves confronted with an extreme form of this historical dynamic, as our TV screens and newspapers are filled with accounts of a 'migration crisis', ostensibly overwhelming Europe and portending the collapse of our way of life. This anxious debate has given rise to a veritable 'moral panic' - a feeling of fear spreading among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society.

Author Biography

Nikola Medová

born in 1990, she is currently a Ph.D. student at Palacký University in Olomouc at the Department of Development and Environmental Studies. She focuses on the Middle East with a specialisation in Turkey, Islam and the role of women. Her bachelor’s thesis was written on female genital mutilation, and her master’s thesis titled “A Comparison of the Role of Women in the Bible and the Quran and the Implications for the Present” highlighted the main possible explanations of its topic in various books discussing women’s status.

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