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Alienation, Ambivalence and Identity

Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words

Mohammad Shafiqul Islam

language, the book reveals her alienation from Bengali, from English, and her search for a new identity. Melissa Ragsdale observes: ‘A love letter to language, Lahiri delivers a stunning memoir about learning Italian … The journey of a writer seeking a new

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Alienation and Affectivity

Beauvoir, Sartre and Levinas on the Ageing Body

Kathleen Lennon and Anthony Wilde

Alienation and Dehumanisation In her writings on old age, Simone de Beauvoir presents us with a problematic relation to our ageing bodies. For her, this relation is one of alienation. We experience our body as something other than ourselves

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Incarnation, Alienation, and Emancipation

A Sartrean Analysis of Filmic Violence

Daniel Sullivan

the oppositions which pit all men against each other and have provoked it. It is enough to see how much oppression, alienation and misery the act of a drunken father who beats a child gathers within itself, in order to understand that all the social

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Chiara Collamati

Translator : Marieke Mueller and Kate Kirkpatrick

specific historical horizon. The aim of the Sartrean variant of critique is thus emancipation, as it seeks to grasp the socio-historical foundations of alienation within a given society. To this end it is necessary to define more closely the usage and the

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Takamichi Sakurai

This article excavates Erich Fromm's psychoanalytic conception of narcissism within the framework of his social theory of alienation, thereby revealing the socio-theoretical relevance of the former theory and preparing for theoretical analyses of

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Alienating students

Marxist theory in action

Megan Thiele, Yung-Yi Diana Pan, and Devin Molina

, alienation, or the estrangement of persons from important elements of their human nature, pervades capitalism ( Marx 1978 [1844] ; Shantz et al. 2015 ). Unpacking and exploring this fundamental concept is important, not only to comprehend conflict theory

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Human Connection in the Light of the Writings of Karl Marx and Amartya Sen

An Investigation Using Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis and Manik Bandyopadhyay's Ekannoborti

Simantini Mukhopadhyay

commitment. First, I will use Marx's notions of alienation and antagonism to construct his idea of human connection. I will then present Sen's ideas, brought together in The Idea of Justice . I also translate Marx's notions of alienation and antagonism

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Re-conceptualising Political Alienation

On Spectators, Spectacles and Public Protests

Anthony Lawrence A. Borja

Politics usually takes the form of brawls ranging from the verbal and civilised, to the physical and savage, if not deadly encounters. These public engagements are political spectacles projecting narratives that are attractive to people who share the sentiments made public in these spectacles, and a following of spectators that, in sustaining their spectatorship, keeps the spectacle in its status. I note that spectators are attached and concerned with the narratives (i.e.from the causes and actors involved to the eventual results) behind and projected by such spectacles, and that this attachment in turn defines and sustains their spectatorship. Political alienation is a condition shared by both the apathetic and spectators. However the case of spectators is more complex and merits closer analysis in order to attain an encompassing understanding of political alienation. In this article, I will argue and illustrate that political alienation must be understood as a sustainable process constituted and driven by sustained spectatorship (i.e.sustained relationship between spectators and a political spectacle) made possible by a habitus of disempowerment in everyday life.

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The anthropology of human-environment relations

Materialism with and without Marxism

Penny McCall Howard

the analysis of humans and nonhumans has led Ingold and others to reduce the scope of human intentionality and therefore elide the effects of alienation and class divisions within human society. This approach makes it difficult to understand why

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Actualising History

Responsibilities with Regard to the Future in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Aamir Aziz and Frans Willem Korsten


Whereas prior studies have focused on Arthur Miller's play The Crucible in relation to the Puritan past of the United States of America, this article looks at the play's present in relation to a future. If, as is the case, the play is an intervention in its contemporary circumstances, this is obviously with the aim of moving towards a better future. The question then becomes: how does the play deal with the past in the way that the Salem trials (1692) relate, by means of a theatrical intervention, to a future? In the twentieth century the relation of theatre, and of theatricality in general, with the future was paradigmatically explored in the work of Bertolt Brecht. In his view, the role of theatre was to produce a distance, not an unreflexive and emotional involvement in a plot. This distance or alienation was necessary to make people see behind the scenes of the socio-political and economic system, as a result of which they would start to think and become able to act in order to change the course of history. This appears to be an essential strategy as well if we think about the powers of spectacle, as they have been dealt with in previous studies in performance research, and a possible theatrical response to them.