IJSSH 2016 Vol.6(5): 402-407 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2016.V6.680

An Essay on the Phenomenon of Violence and Alienation Originate in the Context of the Symbolism and Signification Process

S. Aydin, A. C. Çiçek, M. Ç. Artunay, and A. B. Certel
Abstract—Humans are social beings by nature. Their social character requires human beings to be in interaction with the environment they are surrounded by. This interaction process creates shared symbolism and a world of meaning. A human being has an active character that creates meaning. The world of meaning created by a person is the reason of communities and togetherness in a society. By ascribing meaning to symbols a person builds a common world. Mankind's effort to make sense of life causes unity but it also causes division and conflict. As the meaning people ascribe to notions changes, people and groups of people start to grow apart and alienation occurs. The increasing alienation causes the meaning attributed to symbols and concepts to differ and different forms of violence takes place. The process of alienation/ differentiation caused by the struggle to make sense of the world is the reason behind the violence committed by the members of a religion against members of a different religion as well as the violence committed by the members of the same religion against the members of a different sect of the same religion. The aim of this study is to provide an overview of the phenomenon of violence as a result of the alienation that was caused by the process of social interaction and signification.

Index Terms—Alienation, interpretation, symbolic interactionism, phenomenon of violence.

The authors are with the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Kafkas University, Turkey (e-mail: atilcemcicek@yahoo.com).

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Cite: S. Aydin, A. C. Çiçek, M. Ç. Artunay, and A. B. Certel, " An Essay on the Phenomenon of Violence and Alienation Originate in the Context of the Symbolism and Signification Process," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 402-407, 2016.

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