Why Do People Get Alienated

  • S Kanakaraj Senior Professor & Head (Retd.), Department of English (DDE), Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Alienation,, non-confirmist,, powerlessness,, cultural estrangement,, social isolation,, alienate,, impotent,, immigrants


Alienation is the state of feeling estranged or separated from one’s milieu, work, product of work or self. It is by and large, self-imposed. It is the result of one’s non-conformistic postures and one’s unwillingness to submit and surrender one’s dignity, honour and self respect – his individuality. When a non-confirmist refuses to play the role devised by the society, then he suffers alienation.  This apart, circumstances, environment, and deterministic conditions cause alienation. It ought to be stressed that the person of superior talents, and greater potentialities and higher levels of competencies suffers alienation at the hands of the marginally intelligent, less capable and minimally talented individuals. The first generation of immigrant suffers alienation in the land of his settlement.

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Kanakaraj, S. (2018). Why Do People Get Alienated. Shanlax International Journal of English, 6(4), 11-14. Retrieved from https://www.shanlaxjournals.in/journals/index.php/english/article/view/149