Research Committee on
Alienation Theory and Research, RC36
Programme CoordinatorVessela MISHEVA, Uppsala University, Sweden, firstname.lastname@example.org
RC36 Liaison in Argentina
Guadalupe Romero, Universidad de Buenos Aires, email@example.com
Pilar Fiuza, Universidad de Buenos Aires, firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer at the venue
Oscar Campilongo, email@example.com
All Forum participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay the early registration fee by April 10, 2012, in order to be included in the programme. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Programme or Abstracts Book.
Sessionsprovisional as of March 15, 2012, in alphabetical order
Agency and empowerment in the life world
Alienation theory revisitedThe classical formulations of Marx concerning alienation (objectification/estrangment), which are rooted in wage labor, have had a major influence in social and political theory. This is evident in such classical critiques as those of Mezaros, Israel, and Ollman. But since the 1970s we have seen major transformations in capitalism, which is now a globalized system dependent on consumerism, mass media, and electronic media. How then should we conceptualize alienation when most people in post industrialized society do not work in factories, but are more likely to sell feelings and emotions? This session will attempt to rethink and reformulate alienation for the 21st century.
Alienation theory revisited (Part II)
Bodies, emotions, alienation and everyday life
Bodies, emotions, alienation and resistance: Studies in contemporary culture/ Cuerpos, emociones, alienación y resistencia: Estudios sobre cultura contemporânea
From alienation to empowerment Part IJoint session of RC36 Alienation Theory and Research [host committee] and RC48 Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change
It has long been evident that domination fosters resistance. But what forms of domination foster resistance, and how does resistance become expressed? Sexual repression, for example, has had a long tradition of fostering underground movements and practices, especially in liminal times/zones. Political repression has led to passive accommodation and ressentiment toward those in power, but, as Nietzsche argued, such ressentiment ultimately serves to render those who are dominated passive and thereby reproduce their domination. The slave mentality thus sustained slavery. In the contemporary world, as traditional structures of domination are being questioned and/or are being eroded, we see a variety of social mobilizations that would challenge alienation and powerlessness. These range from feminism and gay rights to the Arab Spring and social justice movements. This session will focus on the means by which people move from being passive in the face of domination to being agents who seek social transformation.
From alienation to empowerment Part IIJoint session of RC36 Alienation Theory and Research [host committee] and RC48 Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change
Race, alienation and everyday lifeAlienation, rooted in the nature of wage labor, qua commodity as the basis of value, was one of the foundations of capitalism as well as a central moment of its critique. But in contemporary capitalism, in its globalized moment, alienation can be seen in many other aspects of life, including the nature of everyday life itself. Alienation remains a powerful tool for the analysis of social life in respect to many social institutions, social relations, and the routines of daily life.
RC36 Business Meeting
RC36 Alienation Theory and Research Round Table Session: Alienation and culture
- RC36 Round Table 1: Alienated labor in the production of cultural and social capital
- RC36 Round Table 2: Alienation incorporated in popular consumer culture
The Internet, alienation and overcoming alienationThe Internet offers scope for extending many of the alienating characteristics of the society from which it has emerged and in which it is used. Although some have claimed that isolation, objectification, and exploitation characterize life on-line, the Internet also offers potential for overcoming alienation in a number of ways, such as in de-commodification, democratic communication, and freedom of expression. This session addresses the complex and contradictory character of new media.