The Evolution of Alienation: Trauma, Promise, and the Millennium

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Lauren Langman, Devorah Kalekin-Fishman
Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - 319 pagina's
The Evolution of Alienation: Trauma, Promise and the Millennium presents a collection of essays that examine the prevalence of alienation in the contemporary world. Although the authors share a critical approach to society, their views of alienation vary. While some feel that alienation is inescapable under the conditions of late modernity, others see that especially at this time there are opportunities to overcome alienation. Testing their approaches, the authors touch on highly diverse domains of life. The book is divided into four sections, each with a focus on how alienation is produced and, perhaps, overcome. Part I presents theoretical approaches to "shifting views of alienation." Here the authors discuss how alienation is disclosed in social science, in technology, and in biological constructions of the human being. Part II deals with political consequences of alienation. The three chapters focus on how alienation can lead to fascist beliefs, how it functions in the development of authoritarian personalities, and how alienation is disclosed in teen-age violence, but also in the justice meted out to desperate teens, without compassion. Part III includes examinations of "alienation in identity, culture, and religion." Here, researchers discuss how the alienating conditions of globalization create alienated identities that are carnivalized in shock music and in exploitative television shows. The last chapter of this section sees in these developments evidence of our inability or unwillingness as social scientists to deal with transcendental values. Part IV focuses on phenomena from everyday life, showing how alienation undermines the advantages of community, and the intimacies of dialogue. Although the very concern with alienation shows awareness of trauma, there are, throughout the book, hints of promise - in technology, in loving and creative domesticity, in activism and through grass-roots initiatives in education. Through an interest in the cosmos human being may yet discover the way out
 

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Does Alienation Have A Future? Recapturing the Core of Critical Theory
23
New Technologies and Alienation Some Critical Reflections
47
Embodiment and Communication Alienation Genetics and Computing What Does It Mean to Be Human?
69
Authority Fetishism and the Manichaean Vision Stigma Stereotyping and Charisma as Keys to PseudoOrientation in an Estranged Society
91
When Alienation Turns Right Populist Conspiracism the Apocalyptic Style and Neofascist Movements
115
Lonely Privilege in Despair Aiming for Unfeigned Hope
145
Globalization Alienation and Identity A Critical Approach
179
Alienation Incorporated F the Mainstream Music in the Mainstream
201
The Final Indignity The Commodification of Alienation
227
Alienation and the Cosmos
243
Alienated Communities Between Aloneness and Connectedness
253
Loving Alienation The Contradictions of Domestic Work
269
Plain Talk Producing and Reproducing Alienation
283
Index
309
About the Editors and Contributors
317
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Devorah Kalekin-Fishman is a senior researcher at the University of Haifa in Israel. Currently a member of the Executive of the International Sociological Association, she is past president of the ISA committee for Alienation Research and Theory. Dr. Kalekin-Fishman is the editor of the International Sociology Review of Books and serves on the editorial boards of Current Sociology, Intercultural Education, and the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies. Recent publications include a critical analysis of Ideology, Policy, and Practice: Education for Immigrants and Minorities in Israel (Kluwer) and an edited volume, Designs for Alienation: Exploring Diverse Realities (Finland: SoPhi Press).

Lauren Langman is a professor of sociology at Loyola University of Chicago. He is past chairman of the Marxist Sociology of American Sociological Association and current President of Alienation Research and Theory, of the International Sociological Association. His recent publications include a special issue of American Behavioral Politics devoted to the presidency in a television age, the social psychology of nationalism for the Handbook of Nationalism, and alternative globalization movements in Sociological Theory.

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