© 1976

Theories of Alienation

Critical perspectives in philosophy and the social sciences

  • R. Felix Geyer
  • David R. Schweitzer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXV
  2. Evolution of the Theory and Concept

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Extensions and Reformulations in Marxist Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Joachim Israel
      Pages 41-57
    3. W. Peter Archibald
      Pages 59-74
  4. Psychiatric Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. S. Giora Shoham
      Pages 103-130
  5. New Conceptual and Theoretical Approaches

  6. Work and Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Albert B. Cherns
      Pages 227-244
    3. Marvin E. Olsen
      Pages 245-261
  7. Current Research Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Melvin Seeman
      Pages 265-305

About this book


The original papers which appear in this volume were initially presented in a series of sessions of the Ad Hoc Group on Alienation Theory and Research at the 1974 World Congress of Sociology in Toronto, Canada. This group was organized by the editors as a result of their longstanding research and teaching interest in the field. The purpose of the Toronto sessions was to provide an international forum where scholars and researchers could come to­ gether for a personal exchange of ideas and research findings. To our know­ ledge this was the first forum of its kind concerned specifically with aliena­ tion theory and research. More than fifty theoretical and empirical papers from thirteen countries and several overlapping disciplines were organized into panels and workshops during the span of four days. The response to these sessions indicates that interest in the study of alienation by philosophers and social scientists continues unabated. The Toronto sessions were organized largely around a fundamental concern for further theoretical development and conceptual clarification in the alienation field. The papers selected for this volume reflect this thematic concern. Although many excellent empirical papers were presented, it was generally felt that meaningful empirical research would benefit from a continued elaboration and refinement of alienation theory. The present collection is consequently geared to problems of meaning, theory, and method. Considerable emphasis is also placed on a critical evaluation of the alienation theme as it has evolved from social philosophy to empirical social research.


Evolution Nation evaluation philosophy politics sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • R. Felix Geyer
    • 1
  • David R. Schweitzer
    • 2
  1. 1.Social Research CentreNetherlands Universities’ JointAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Theories of Alienation
  • Book Subtitle Critical perspectives in philosophy and the social sciences
  • Editors R.F. Geyer
    D.R. Schweitzer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-207-0630-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4684-8813-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 305
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
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