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  Social Alienation (Selection from Chapter I of Restoring the Community) |  Demand More   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
[S]ocial alienation [is] a broad term that describes the various psychological consequences of modern life that result from a lack of community and concurrent restriction of human potential.
In the context of love, social alienation is a sense of isolation, estrangement, and loneliness in everyday life.
In the context of work, social alienation derives from the channeling of all human creative thought and sense of purpose into socially condoned avenues that are tied exclusively to acquisition and possession.
www.demandmore.org /node/21   (1220 words)

 Hierarchy and Nativity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Restoration of the lost home becomes the calling of the alienated author, who is "haunted by some sense of loss, some urge to reclaim, to look back, even at the risk of being mutated into [a pillar] of salt" (10).
Social events in the house family are reserved for Papa’s work, claims Mama: "we have to invite certain people, and we have to visit them.
The novel's treatment of social hierarchy centers on a single family and how a mother's disregard for the Love Laws affects both her own life and the lives of her children.
users.ox.ac.uk /~chri2057/z2001booker.htm   (7024 words)

 RADICALISM AND ALIENATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Because these and other elements of alienation have been shown, however, to be intercorrelated to some degree (Dean, 1961; Neal & Rettig, 1967; Ray, 1974, 1982), there is some justification for treating alienation as a concept in its own right and for using a single scale to measure general social alienation (Ray, 1982).
Alienation in Western-type societies seems generally to be seen as characteristic of the political left, although most of the research has been done with students (e.g., Ray & Sutton, 1972).
The alienation scale was a short form of the Ray (1982) instrument and the conservatism scales were similar to those used in Ray and Wilson (1976).
geocities.com /jonjayray/alirad.html   (568 words)

This paper is about the social relations of institutions involved in the care of those diagnosed as mentally ill. In 1980, the Italian government stopped admissions to large mental hospitals.
In early capitalism, social relations were arranged around the alienation of the machine worker in the factory; and the accumulation by capital with the employer and capitalist.
People operate interpersonally (and therefore in their ‘ensemble of social relations’) in a manner that is quite at variance from the rhetoric of autonomy and democracy as proclaimed by liberal democracies.
www.human-nature.com /free-associations/hinalien.html   (4480 words)

 Yemen Gateway: state weakness and society alienation
The divisions between social units and their leaders, on the one hand, and continuous educational and modernisation changes, on the other, have given the society a transitional character.
The social vertical relations based on kinship, patronage and clientelism and the absence of the culture of individual contracts and the collective awareness of common interests among professionals have resulted in ill-defined classes.
On the other hand, arguing that the tribe is the basic social unit is invalid now in the light of cross-sectional affiliation, as we have seen that the tribal leaders have been gradually distanced from their tribesmen.
www.al-bab.com /yemen/pol/saifstate.htm   (5159 words)

 Social Behavior and Personality: Assessment of social alienation: Psychometric properties of the SACS-R   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The psychometric properties of a revision of the Social Alienation from Classmates Scale for college students was examined.
Social Alienation is another construct under the estrangement umbrella, closely related to loneliness.
Self report measures of negatively perceived characteristics such as social alienation are subject to social desirability response bias.
newssearch.looksmart.com /p/articles/mi_qa3852/is_200001/ai_n8898863   (1418 words)

 Basic Banalities (1) (Vaneigem)
The owner appropriates and alienates them as producers of his own power, while the necessity of ensuring their own physical existence forces them despite themselves to collaborate in producing their own exclusion and to survive without ever being able to live.
In this social context the function of alienation must be understood as a condition of survival.
Alienation multiplies needs because it can satisfy none of them; nowadays lack of satisfaction is measured in the number of cars, refrigerators, TVs: the alienating objects have lost the ruse and mystery of transcendence, they are there in their concrete poverty.
www.bopsecrets.org /SI/7.basic1.htm   (4117 words)

 Culture and Technology / The myth of tech gadgets and social alienation
The potential social effects of new technology cannot be considered separately from other kinds of social change, such as increasing mobility.
When fearmongering about the effect of new gadgets on the social sphere, some folks assume a simple relationship between social change and technology, where the rise of cell phones and iPods inevitably leads to social alienation.
Getting lunch with friends, socializing in the dorms, working together in the library -- those spaces better allowed for creating social connections and were more specialized than a generic "public" space, because they connected us through existing social networks.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/11/16/EDGEHFOQ451.DTL   (725 words)

 ZNet Commentary
But the trouble with relying on social connection to motivate one’s social justice activism is it is so easily squelched.
But ideally one wouldn’t have to be personally devastated, socially alienated, or unusually virtuous to be part of building a peaceful, just society.
You could be a jerk, or a laze, or a mooch or a lay-about, even a milk-addled sleep-deprived mom, and still be on the side of equity, democracy, and peace.
www.zmag.org /Sustainers/content/2000-04/30shah.htm   (862 words)

 Supercomm: Technology is leading to social alienation, says author - Personal Computer World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Social change has not kept pace with the accelerated speed of technological development, which means that people no longer feel in control of their lives and are fast feeling alienated.
This was the view of John Naisbitt, former IBM veteran and current social commentator and author of international best seller, Megatrends, which he expounded during his closing keynote speech at the Supercomm telecoms trade show in Atlanta, Georgia, this week.
But he concluded that social change was the result of technological advancement and that people needed to balance it with the spiritual demands of nature.
www.pcw.co.uk /2106502   (590 words)

 Dissertations, Essays on It's an essay about social alienation with comparisons from "An Occurrence at Owl Creek ...
It's an essay about social alienation with comparisons from "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," by Ambrose Bierce, "The Blue Hotel," by Stephen Crane, and "A Worn Path," by Eudora Welty.
In today's schools, students of all ages in high school and college are face with social alienation.
Social alienation brings out a negative effect on people, making school, and life harder for them.
www.essayboom.com /essay/Its_an_essay_about_social_ali-177598.html   (287 words)

 Alternative rock: Just the facts...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
were coined in the early 1980s (The decade from 1980 to 1989) to describe punk rock (Rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger and social alienation; in part a reaction against progressive rock) -inspired music genres which didn't fit into the mainstream genres of the time.
At times it was used as catch-all phrase for rock music from underground artists in the 1980s and rock music in general in the 1990s.
In spite of being influenced by alternative rock, many fans of the genre do not see these bands as being alternative, but instead as part of the nu-metal (additional info and facts about nu-metal) genre.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/a/al/alternative_rock.htm   (780 words)

 Jean-Luc Nancy [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
A lot of his main works, most of which are related to social and political philosophical topics, were published in the nineties and he even wrote a text on his disease.
These often circle around social and political philosophical problems, like the question how to develop our modern society with the twentieth century knowledge that political projects that start by trying to build society according to a well-defined shape or plan have frequently led to political terror and social violence.
This historic-philosophical scheme is not only used by a large number of philosophers or social and political thinkers, it is also a central theme within western society and culture in general.
www.iep.utm.edu /n/Nancy.htm   (6382 words)

 Mapleleafweb.com: - Native Social Issues in Canada - Alienation Among Aboriginals
Poor social conditions, such as lack of jobs and access to a clean water supply, physical and social isolation, substandard and crowded housing, and a loss of cultural identity have all been identified as contributing to the poor health of Canada’s aboriginal people.
These factors also play into many individualssocial dislocation and a perception of being alienated both from their ancestral place in the world, and Canadian society in general.
The third premise is that the community is better positioned to address the causes of crime, which are often rooted in the economic or social fabric of the community.
www.mapleleafweb.com /features/native/social-issues/alienation.html   (624 words)

  Demand More - Social Alienation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
It was a political act."

The message from 1984 is ultimately about the inverse relationship between social alienation and love: as social alienation increases in society, it begins to suffocate the natural human instinct in forming connections with other people.

Breaking the social constraints that deny women access to resources and which cause horribly destructive psychological problems will only happen when people -- men and women -- do what activists have done for centuries and take it upon themselves to end the exploitation of half the population of the country.
Even as it creates the social conditions that produce feelings of stress, anxiety, and loneliness, it also suggests that the answer is to literally buy into the system, by seeing purpose in the unfettered acquisition of consumer items.
www.demandmore.org /taxonomy/term/5/0/feed   (7574 words)

 Autism - Center for Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Autism-like syndrome and Autistic related Disorders ...
Typical characteristics include problems with social relationships and emotional communication, in addition to patterns of behaviour and interests that are less common in non-autistic persons (whom the autistic community sometimes refer to as "neurotypicals") and also involves a nontypical approach to sensory integration.
The little girl's mental and social development regresses; she no longer responds to her parents and pulls away from any social contact.
The social alienation of people with autism and Asperger's syndrome is so intense from childhood that many of them have imaginary friends as companionship.
www.greatplainslaboratory.com   (6134 words)

 Basic Banalities (2) (Vaneigem)
Alienation becomes all the more intolerable as each convenience promises freedom and turns out to be only one more burden.
From this common alienation a harmony is born, a negative harmony whose fundamental unity lies in the notion of sacrifice.
This objective (and perverted) harmony is sustained by myth — this term being used to designate the organization of appearances in unitary societies, that is, in societies where slave, tribal or feudal power is officially consecrated by a divine authority and where the sacred allows power to seize the totality.
www.bopsecrets.org /SI/8.basic2.htm   (6942 words)

 Alienation and Social Criticism -- Richard Schmitt Thomas E. Moody
Individuals trying to understand their alienation and to think about how to overcome it are ill served by such abstract discussions because the connection to their particular specific experience is often difficult to draw.
They look at alienation at work, alienation of the disabled, alienation from nature, as well as alienation according to gender, race, age, and poverty.
The reader of this anthology will learn to see the commonalities between different manifestations of alienation as well as their important differences and thus will gain an insight into the complexities of thinking usefully about alienation in modern society.
www.frontlist.com /detail/0391037978   (249 words)

 A child murder in Japan points to a growing social alienation
When a 35-year-old mother of two, Mitsuko Yamada, murdered the two-year-old daughter of her neighbour at the end of last year, the case shocked Japan and provoked a wide public discussion about how such a crime could take place.
The answers that have begun to emerge point to the deepening social tensions and a growing sense of alienation, isolation and frustration.
Just as in the case of the series of school shootings in the United States, the killing of Haruna Wakayama cannot simply be blamed on the individual but rather is a symptom of a sick society.
www.wsws.org /articles/2000/jun2000/jap-j19.shtml   (1496 words)

 "Separation from nature" impossible despite rising social alienation
This may be understandable when no social movement may be discerned suggesting an immediate alternative, such as communities based on truly sustainable living.
One does not have to be middle class to be alienated from nature and humanity, for the poor in industrial societies are also boxed into artificial dwellings that rely on technological, authoritarian systems (however inefficient).
Another paradox: it is alienating to not participate in the mass delusion of alienated society.
www.culturechange.org /e-letter-separation.html   (1361 words)

 Indo-Asian News Service -> Philippines-Society/Crime/Lifestyle-Suicide -> Social alienation fuelling suicide rates: WHO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Manila, Aug 15 (DPA) Social alienation brought about by modern life has been driving more people to commit suicide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.
The WHO noted that suicides resulted in more than 815,000 deaths in 2001 around the world, exceeding the number of fatalities by homicide at 500,000 and war at 230,000.
Omi urged governments to develop a better understanding of the suicide situation in their countries as well as implement national suicide preventive programmes.
www.eians.com /stories/2005/08/15/15soc.shtml   (341 words)

 Beyond Power Discourse: Alienation and Social Work -- Ferguson and Lavalette 34 (3): 297 -- British Journal of Social ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
He writes on issues associated with child labour and childhood, popular protest and Marxist theorization of social policy and social work.
He is currently editing a text on Globalisation, Social Work and Social Justice with Iain Ferguson and Elizabeth Whitmore (forthcoming).
Social work's 'electronic turn': notes on the deployment of information and communication technologies in social work with children and families
bjsw.oupjournals.org /cgi/content/abstract/34/3/297   (484 words)

 Cults & New Religious Movements: A Bibliography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Atrocity tales, the Unification Church and the social construction of evil.
The role of anecdotal atrocities in the social construction of evil.
Social sources and consequences of the brainwashing controversy.
www.clas.ufl.edu /users/gthursby/rel/nanninga.htm   (7965 words)

 Culture and Technology: The myth of tech gadgets and social alienation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
I'm totally not social when out in the world, talking only as much as absolutely necessary unless I already know the person, and I have no iPod or clone, no cellphone, none of the gadgets that people blame for anti-social behavior (and no interest in them).
The danger I see is more with children and young teens who do not have their social skills completely developed yet.
TV was the end of socializing; staring at a TV more than 4 hours a day (as most do) pretty much eliminates all social activity.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1523174/posts   (1893 words)

 Framing Monsters: Fantasy Film And Social Alienation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The canon of popular cinema has long been rife with fantastic tales, yet critical studies have too often expediently mixed the fantasy genre with its kindred science fiction and horror films or dismissed it altogether as escapist fare.
Framing Monsters: Fantasy Film and Social Alienation reconsiders the cultural significance of this storytelling mode by investigating how films seemingly divorced from reality and presented in a context of timelessness are, in fact, encoded with the social practices and beliefs of their era of production.
He concludes with a discussion of X-Men (2000) and Lord of the Rings (2001–2003), commercial giants that extend a recent trend toward critical self-reflection within the genre while still participating in the continuity of social alienation.
www.textkit.com /0_0809326248.html   (500 words)

 Social Alienation
Written by the Social Exclusion Unit, and published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), this report investigates what more can be done to enable adults with mental health problems to overcome social exclusion and, in particular, enter and retain work.
The report identifies the causes of social exclusion and sets out a 27-point action plan for tackling the problem, to ensure that adults with mental health problems have the same opportunities for social participation and access to services as the general population.
The action plan falls into six categories (stigma and discrimination; the role of health and social care in tackling social exclusion; employment; supporting families and community participation; getting the basics right; making it happen).
omni.ac.uk /browse/mesh/D012918.html   (153 words)

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