Journal Article — “Alien Nation” — by P. Heim




Riots, suicide, unemployment, social classes, and poverty all have one thing in common; they all either cause or result in the feeling of alienation. According to Karl Marx, alienation is the individual’s sense of separation and estrangement from useful work, other people, and the self. There were times in high school when I felt like an outsider and had low self-esteem. So I began using sarcasm and humor as a defense mechanism similar to Matt Damon’s character Will in the movie Good Will Hunting. It’s important to look within ourselves, our backgrounds, and how we interact with others, in order to be able to produce answers/solutions to questions/ problems that may arise.

Recommended Citation

Heim, P. 2002. “”Alien Nation”.” Pp. 36-44 in Student Life Courses & Social Policies (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume I, Issue 1, 2002.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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