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

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

By: Devorah Kalekin-Fishman (editor), Lauren Langman (editor)Paperback

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Building on the Marxian view of alienation as the inevitable consequence of wage labor that divests human beings of control over their life forces, The Evolution of Alienation provides new insights into contemporary conditions. Contributors explore how alienation is fostered not only by television freak shows and shock music, but also by programmed schooling and even by some scientific theories. Others show that the contradictory relationships possible in some domains, among them, new technologies and domestic work, disclose niches of fulfillment that belie alienation.

About Author

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.


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Does Alienation Have a Future? Recapturing the Core of Critical Theory Chapter 3 New Technologies and Alienation: Some Critical Reflections Chapter 4 Embodiment and Communication: Alienation, Genetics, and Computing. What Does It Mean to Be Human? Chapter 5 Authority Fetishism and the Manichaean Vision: Stigma, Stereotyping, and Charisma as Keys to Pseudo-Orientation in an Estranged Society Chapter 6 When Alienation Turns Right: Populist Conspiracism, the Apocalyptic Style, and Neo-Fascist Movements Chapter 7 Lonely Privilege in Despair: Aiming for Unfeigned Hope Chapter 8 Globalization, Alienation, and Identity: A Critical Approach Chapter 9 Alienation Incorporated: "F-- the Mainstream Music" in the Mainstream Chapter 10 The Final Indignity: The Commodification of Alienation Chapter 11 Alienation and the Cosmos Chapter 12 Alienated Communities: Between Aloneness and Connectedness Chapter 13 Loving Alienation: The Contradictions of Domestic Work Chapter 14 "Plain Talk": Producing and Reproducing Alienation

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  • ISBN13: 9780742518353
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 332
  • ID: 9780742518353
  • weight: 526
  • ISBN10: 0742518353

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