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CHANGES IN THE METHODOLOGY OF ALIENATION RESEARCH

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 1 June 1991

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Abstract

Melvin Seeman (1989) has recently stated that nowadays the concept of alienation carries an antiquated meaning which is quite in contrast to its importance in the 1960s. There seems to be much evidence for a fading romance with alienation in the social sciences. I have continued Seeman's search for articles that have appeared between 1978 and 1982 in leading social science journals until 1989. There was only one major reference, however, a quite important one by Kai T. Erikson in his presidential address to the American Sociological Association in 1985. Contrary to these disappointing observations Seeman suggests that alienation is leading an underground life in contemporary research and theory. According to his assessment this theme survives because the assumptions involved in the tradition of the alienation motif are indispensable for critical analysis in sociology and psychology.

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Heinz, W.R. (1991), "CHANGES IN THE METHODOLOGY OF ALIENATION RESEARCH", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 11 No. 6/7/8, pp. 213-221. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb013155

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