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Alienation, Ethnicity and Postmodernism

Contributions in Sociology

By Rudolf F. Geyer, Felix R. Geyer

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Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 30 November 1996
The essays in this volume offer the reader a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on the ways in which theories of alienation are influencing current debates in psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and social philosophy. In his introductory essay, Felix Geyer discusses how classical notions of alienation have been put to use to describe the dysfunctions within societies that are becoming sharply divided along racial lines and according to the disparities in power described by postmodernism. The essays that follow Geyer's introduction then take up the problems of alienation, ethnicity, and postmodernism in the contexts of increasing economic globalization and renewed racial hostility in communities both in the United States and abroad.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: Alienation, Ethnicity, and Postmodernism: From Here to Postmodernity by Felix Geyer Alienation Redux by Richard Schacht The Strange Career of Alienation: How a Concept Is Transformed without Permission of Its Founders by Irving Louis Horowitz The Fetishization of Alienation: Unpacking a Problem of Science, Knowledge, and Reified Practices in the Workplace by David Schweitzer "But What Can 'One' Do?:" Agency and Alienation in Economic Crises by Peter Archibald Building Democracy in the New South Africa: Civil Society, Citizenship, and Political Ideology by Mark Orkin Immigration, Alienation, and Political Change: A Positive Case from Los Angeles by John Horton Ethnic Revival and Conflicts: The Challenge of the 1990s by Yehuda Bien Tracing the Growth of Alienation: Enculturation, Socialization, and Schooling in a Democracy by Devorah Kalekin-Fishman Alienation and Racial Discrimination in the European Union by Marie Macey Postmodern Culture and the Revisioning of Alienation by Kenneth J. Gergen The Self Strikes Back: Identity Politics in the Postmodern Age by Lauren Langman and Valerie Scatamburla Alienation, Everyday Life, and Postmodernism as Critical Theory by Mark Gottdiener Post-ism or Positivism? A Comparison Between Theories of Reification and Theories of Postmodernity by FREderic Vandenberghe Alienation, New Age Sociology and the Jewish Way by Philip Wexler Cross the Border, Confront Boundaries: Problems of Habituality, Marginality, and Liminality by Pirkkoliisa Ahponen Individual, Time, and Death in Contemporary Society by Maria Helena Oliva Augusto Bibliography Author Index Subject Index

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Offers an international and interdisciplinary approach to the problems facing the globalized and fractious world of the 21st century.

About the Author

FELIX GEYER is the Scientific Coordinator of SISWO, the Netherlands Universities' Institute for Coordination of Research in the Social Sciences. Dr. Geyer has written numerous articles and edited several books on alienation and systems theory.

EAN: 9780313298882
ISBN: 0313298882
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Dimensions: 24.23 x 15.49 x 2.41 centimetres (0.55 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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