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ERIC Number: ED121697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 24
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Alientation and Political Participation: What's the Connection?
Mahood, H. R.
The concept of alienation is discussed as an internalized state reacting to prevailing social conditions, and political behavior is hypothesized as being its outward manifestation. Purposes of this paper are threefold: (1) produce a new set of data to be used in exploring possible linkages between alienation and political behavior, (2) statistically measure possible relationships so as to contribute to an overall theory of alienation in politics, and (3) raise questions for the political science discipline based on the findings. A review of the literature indicates that the relationship between alienation and political activities is not dealt with beyond voting. A study of 760 randomly selected adults was conducted in the Memphis, Tennessee, area using written questionnaires. Data showed that no meaningful relationship was found with regard to alienation, participation, and support of political institutions; and alienation has a multidimensional characteristic that may exist at different levels of intensity and salience for different individuals. (Author/ND)
Publication Type: Books
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