|Died||9 January 2017 (aged 91)|
|Alma mater||University of Warsaw|
London School of Economics
|Era||20th / 21st-century philosophy|
|School||Continental philosophy · Western Marxism|
|Ethics · Political philosophy · Sociology · Postmodernity · Postmodern art|
|Modernity's struggle with ambiguity, resulting in the Holocaust · postmodern ethics · critique of "liquid" modernity|
Bauman was born to a Jewish family in Poland.
After World War II, he rose in the ranks of Poland's military and by the early 1950s he had become one of the youngest majors in the Polish army, but was driven out of Poland by a political purge in 1953 engineered by the Communist government of the Polish People's Republic.
He was the Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds. Bauman was one of the world's most eminent social theorists writing on issues as diverse as modernity and the Holocaust, postmodern consumerism and liquid modernity.