Similarities Between The Stranger And W. E. B. Dubois

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In this paper is going to discuss and compare how George Simmel’s the stranger is parallel to "W. E. B." Du Bois’s double consciousness. How each theory or term are similar and different. Both theorists talks be an outsider one way or the other. Either by society or W.E.B Du Bois wrote "The souls of Black Folk" in 1903. The book explained the effects of racism on African Americans and how they view themselves. Du Bois wanted to show people what it was to African American in America. Du Bois belive that African Americans was held back from achieving equality. Du Bois’s double consciousness was about always looking at oneself through the eyes of others. Du Bois claimed that African Americans struggle with multi-faceted conception of self “a double consciousness”. In this…show more content…
One of these social types is call the stranger which represent a certain social type. Simmel conceptualize the stranger as not wanderer comes today and goes tomorrow rather than person who comes today and stays tomorrow. But what does that mean? There are few components that make up a stranger. The first one is being is that the stranger is a member of the system but is not strongly attach to that system. The second is the stranger does not conform completely to the norms to the system and the stranger is an individual who can be a member of a system in a spatial sense but not so much in a social sense. The stranger is someone who basically is part of the system but stranger doesn’t have the close ties, contentedness, or social sense. Simmel noted some disadvantages of the stranger. One of which being that members of the system may view them as suspicious because they do not usually do not partake and predictable behavior however Simmel notice a huge advantage of the stranger. Simmel said that on the stranger is not radically committed to unique ingredients and particular tendencies of the group and therefore approaches
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