Alienation (Problems of
Assimilation) because of Gender, Race, Class, or Creed:
following quotes illustrate the topic's ambiguity. Use these to establish
the scope of your topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize
various differing opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to
is meant a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an
alien. He has become, one might say, estranged from himself. He does not
experience himself as the center of his world, as the creator of his own actsóbut
his acts and their consequences have become his masters, whom he obeys, or whom
he may even worship. The alienated person is out of touch with himself as he is
out of touch with any other person. He, like the others, are experienced as
things are experienced; with the senses and with common sense, but at the same
time without being related to oneself and to the world outside positively.
Erich Fromm (1900?1980), U.S. psychologist. ěAlienation,î ch. 5, The Sane
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