At one time or another we may all feel alienated. Alienation is a concept that is supported by both contemporary and classical theorists with deep philosophical implications. Alienation is reflected by low personal values or isolation. Alienation can refer to a personal psychological state, or a social relationship.
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Rationale for Teaching
In a broad sense, alienation describes an inadequacy of of the human being and their relation to the world. Social alienation suggests a feeling of being segregated from one’s community. People might feel a sense of loss, stress, and isolation. As a topic to study, Alienation is apparent in many different disciplines. Literary, theater, and film works, such as Hamlet, the Catcher in the Rye, or the Matrix trilogy suggest topics of increasing alienation and attempts to overcome it. As a topic for study learners can identify alienation and come up with solutions for creating a means for improving someone’s lot in life. In the visual arts, alienation is depicted through the use of representational figures and non-objective forms. As a topic for social studies, learners study solutions for overcoming alienation in families and communities. This could be a positive step in keeping people from being marginalized.
- An individual’s self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth can be affected by alienation
- Physical and psychological isolation can impact an individual
- Individuals and groups with common values can feel alienated in their own environment
- What does it mean to alienate one’s self?
- Can social grouping be alienating?
- What are the benefits or implications of alienation?