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Alienation and the Carnivalization of Society

Edited by Jerome Braun, Lauren Langman

Routledge – 2012 – 194 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

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Description

This book examines alienation from both a sociological and psychoanalytic perspective, revisiting classic treatments of the topic (Marx, Simmel, Weber) and exploring its relevance to understanding post-modern consumer society. It examines the escapist potentials for good and for ill in modern society - those fostered by commercial interests, and those maintained by individuals and groups as their form of resisting alienation.

Contents

Section 1: Alienation in Modern Mass Society: Its Consequences in Producing Post-Modernity That Is Increasingly Similar to Pre-Modernity 1. The Rise of the Nazis as an Example of Sadistic Carnival Jerome Braun 2. Democracy and the Dilemmas of Nation-Building Jerome Braun 3. The Gap Between the Ideal and the Real in Politics: A Comparative Perspective Jerome Braun 4. The Increasing Similarities Between Post-Modernity and Pre-Modernity Jerome Braun Section 2: The Carnivalization of Society 5. Alienation, Entrapment and Inauthenticity: Carnival to the Rescue Lauren Langman 6. Carnivalization and Freedom: A Shortcut to the Overcoming of Alienation Kathleen Pacyna 7. Theorizing Carnival: Mardi Gras as Perceived, Conceived, and Lived Space Kevin Fox Gotham 8. Authoritarianism and Carnivalization in the 2008 Presidential Election and the Return of Right-Wing Populism George N. Lundskow 9. The Dialectics of Carnival: From Bakhtin to Baudrillard William J. Swart and Dan Krier Section 3: Conclusion Conclusion Shlomo Shoham

Author Bio

Jerome Braun is an independent scholar and author in interdisciplinary social science.

Lauren Langman is Professor of Sociology at Loyola University.

Name: Alienation and the Carnivalization of Society (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Jerome Braun, Lauren Langman. This book examines alienation from both a sociological and psychoanalytic perspective, revisiting classic treatments of the topic (Marx, Simmel, Weber) and exploring its relevance to understanding post-modern consumer society. It examines the escapist...
Categories: Cultural Theory, Consumption, Contemporary Social Theory