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Simmel's Stranger with DuBois' Double ConsciousnessMarshae JonesAmerican Military University
Simmel’s StrangerSimmel was a brilliant man. He was extremely smart and talented. The way he thinks is extremely remarkable and it shows in the notion of the stranger. The unity of two characteristics is the sociological form of the stranger. Remoteness and nearness are combined in Simmel’s notion. Within Simmel’s notion, he reveals the stranger and the group are only spatial. A particular group is where Simmel’s is fixed with. Qualities are imported into it and do not stem from the group. Through strong social ties the stranger is not attached. The wanderer is the stranger. His ties are not strong to the group, but he stays. He is not used to the freedom of coming and going. According to McLemore, “He is outside the system of social relationships andposes a set of problems for the existing order. The factors governing the processes whereby the group may be altered to include the newcomer, and some consequences of these changes, are analyzed in relation to the fundamental system of social integration, the local community pattern,and the particular circumstances and personalities involved” (87) For example, many social groups exist in the work place. People tend to have a more personal relationship with someone when they are working than what is needed to work. Strangers will be a part of this group, but not as vested as others. This person ties to the group will end soon and it don’t extend past the work environment. The person will not relate to the norms of the group. “As a group member, he is near and far at the same time, as is characteristic of relations founded only on general human commonness. But between the nearness and