alienation

(noun) The estrangement of individuals from themselves and others; a feeling of normlessness and powerlessness caused by separation and isolation from an individual’s sense of self, society, and work.

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  • Plural: alienations

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How to Cite the Definition of Alienation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “alienation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 19, 2018 (http://sociologydictionary.org/alienation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

alienation. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/alienation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “alienation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 19, 2018. http://sociologydictionary.org/alienation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“alienation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2018. <http://sociologydictionary.org/alienation/>.