- a state or condition of individuals or society characterized by a breakdown or absence of social norms and values, as in the case of uprooted people.
Origin of anomie
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One may designate it as religious independence, or anomy, or individualism.The Non-religion of the Future: A Sociological Study
- sociol lack of social or moral standards in an individual or society
from Greek anomia lawlessness, from a- 1 + nomos law
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Word Origin and History for anomy
"absence of accepted social values," 1933, from Durkheim's "Suicide" (1897); a reborrowing with French spelling of anomy.
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