Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-4 August 2012

Research Committee on
Alienation Theory and Research, RC36

  on-line programme

Programme Coordinator

Vessela MISHEVA, Uppsala University, Sweden,

RC36 Liaison in Argentina
Guadalupe Romero, Universidad de Buenos Aires,
Pilar Fiuza, Universidad de Buenos Aires,

Volunteer at the venue
Oscar Campilongo,


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.


provisional as of March 15, 2012, in alphabetical order


Agency and empowerment in the life world


Alienation theory revisited

The 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 I

Joint 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 II

Joint session of RC36 Alienation Theory and Research [host committee] and RC48 Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change


Race, alienation and everyday life

Alienation, 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

The Internet, alienation and overcoming alienation

The 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.




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