This chapter explores the possibility of a dialogue between Zygmunt Bauman and Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt, a major figure in comparative historical sociology during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and revealed as a key influence in the acknowledgements of Modernity and the Holocaust. The chapter draws on hitherto unseen correspondence in the Zygmunt Bauman archive at the University of Leeds, and focuses in particular on both authors’ reflections on the possibility for specifically modern forms of mass violence. I situate their dialogue in an extension of the modernity-genocide thesis to the case of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, in effect putting the thinkers’ dialogue into dialogue with an event which continues to pose significant and largely unarticulated questions for sociology and sociologists, including concerning the Eurocentrism and progressivism still inherent to many accounts of modernity.
|Title of host publication||Revisiting modernity and the Holocaust|
|Subtitle of host publication||dialogue, extensions, retrieval|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Apr 2022|