Alienation and Emotions

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC36 Alienation Theory and Research (host committee)

Language: English

As capitalist globalization expands and deepens, corporate power increases along with global, national, and local inequalities. New geo-political power configurations and confrontations are emerging, with violence being used as a tool to oppress and also to resist oppression. Colonial histories and contemporary land appropriations reflect the structures and cultural processes that perpetuate violence against indigenous and minority communities, while states’ failures to meet their responsibility to provide basic resources are often deflected by blaming the most vulnerable. Both global economic and geo-political processes create crises and massive displacements of people and, at the same time, fuel racism, nationalism, and xenophobia. These are all processes that are closely related to the experience of different varieties of alienation, including normlessness, self-estrangement, meaninglessness, cultural estrangement, and powerlessness. As a result, there is a renewed need for further theory and research so that alienation as an experienced state of mind can be understood, and both its structural causes and socio-behavioural consequences better analysed and addressed. The concept of alienation can be employed in such a way that it attends to individual psychological and emotional states as well as broader structural factors related to the processes mentioned above. This session will be dedicated to the role of affect, sentiment, and emotion within alienation. A specific focus will be given to the experience and structural causes of alienation on individual and group levels. All presentation related to the subject - theoretical, empirical, or methodological in character - are of interest.
Session Organizer:
Emma ENGDAHL, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Emma ENGDAHL, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Oral Presentations
Work Intensification, Alienation and the Role of Emotions
Friedericke HARDERING, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Shame As a Form of Alienation. a Critical Socio-Theoretical Approach
Lorenzo BRUNI, UniversitĂ  di Perugia, Italy
How Does Love Matter in Culture?: Alienation Versus Authenticity
Hangyeol KIM, Sogang University, Republic of Korea; Seil OH, Sogang University, South Korea
Moral, Ethical and Post-Modern Guilt
Vessela MISHEVA, Uppsala University, Sweden
The Dialectics of Suffering: Social Pathologies and the Tasks of Critical Theory
Mariana TEIXEIRA, Cebrap (Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning), Brazil