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Are We Social Prisoners?

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DOI: 10.4236/jss.2020.81003    45 Downloads   98 Views


This study is carried out to understand the social prison and social prisoner phenomenon in Pakistan. The concept of social prison has been analyzed in terms of Material Acquisitions (M.A), Social Status Quo (S.S.Q), Social Envy (S.E) and Social Rituals (S.R). The researchers assert the notion of social prison through this study and argue that, individuals are living in the 21st century a life of a social prisoner because, they constantly dwell in a state of ever-lasting quest for material acquisitions, maintaining social status quo, becoming victim of social envy (knowingly or unknowingly) and social rituals. The study is conducted quantitatively and it is based on post-positivist philosophy. However, the sample size is only 170+ respondents and the convenience sampling technique is used because, this is the kind of research, that is peculiar in nature so, only those respondents are added doing the job presently. The researcher found weak relationship between each of the independent variables (M.A, S.S.Q, S.E and S.R) and the dependent variable (Social prisoner phenomenon in Pakistan). Consequently, it was found in the end that, there is a moderate relationship between social prison’s elements and social prisoner phenomenon in Pakistan. So, it can be asserted with some certainty that, individuals of the 21st century do live in a kind of prison called “Social Prison” hence; they can be termed as “Social Prisoners”.

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Kumar, M. (2020) Are We Social Prisoners?. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 8, 29-50. doi: 10.4236/jss.2020.81003.

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