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ERIC Number: ED014102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar-21
Pages: 13
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IN DEFENSE OF ALIENATION.
KENISTON, KENNETH
THE TERM ALIENATION IS IN IMMINENT DANGER OF BECOMING PART OF THE VOCABULARY OF POLITE ABUSE. ONE OF THE WORD'S VIRTUES IS ITS AMBIGUITY. IN THE SOCIOLOGICAL TRADITION, ALIENATION REFERS TO A STRUCTURAL CONDITION. PEOPLE ARE ALIENATED MORE OR LESS AGAINST THEIR WILL. IN THE PSYCHOLOGICAL MEANING, ALIENATION PRESUPPOSES SOME INNER ATTITUDE, GENERALLY A REJECTION OR REPUDIATION DIRECTED AT SOME IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE SOCIAL WORLD. UNDER MANY PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIAL, AND HISTORICAL CONDITIONS, ALIENATION IS A REASONABLE AND JUSTIFIED RESPONSE. TO ILLUSTRATE SOME OF THE VARIETIES OF ALIENATION AND SUGGEST ITS POSSIBLE MERITS, THREE CASE STUDIES ARE DESCRIBED. THE CASE STUDIES SUGGEST THAT YOUTHFUL ALIENATION IS NOT ALWAYS TO BE DEPLORED, AND THAT THE INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE HELPED TO FOCUS AND EXPRESS ALIENATION PRODUCTIVELY. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE 44TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ORTHO-PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION, WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 21, 1967.
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