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Simmel, Georg. “The Stranger.” In

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Simmel, Georg. “The Stranger.” In Social Theory Re-Wired, edited by Wesley Longhofer and Daniel Winchester, 448-451. New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2012. (4)

The representation and understanding of the self is a concept which has been mulled over, perhaps, by close to all social theorists, creating a mix of emotions of how to interpret and deal with that identification. Georg Simmel’s piece, “The Stranger”, tackles aspects of the self in an orientation which is different from those discussed with previous theorists in that there is a necessary separation of the self from society, one which comes at the hands of “the potential wanderer” and separate from the classic configuration of “the stranger”.72 This stranger is represented in the whole of humanity – as the feeling of being the constant wanderer, the lonesome and the only, is a feeling and identification which is fluid among the species. This is a highly relatable theory in that there is no avoiding the anticipation of being unwanted. The use for personal allegory in this framework is nearly unnecessary as there is never a moment when one is completely sure of themselves, as even if one is, the universe is constant only in that it is moving, growing and changing. Despite an understanding a bigger aspect to the world format, or perhaps because if it, the inclusion of oneself into the world climate can often times be a daunting task. The phrase “you are not alone” comes to mind, in that though the stranger’s loneliness and feeling of unwanted-ness are present, there is not one other person who has not felt the exact same at one point or another.

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