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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Definitions for anomie

  1. A sense of loneliness and anxiety; a state or condition characterized by a breakdown or absence of social norms and values, as in the case of uprooted people.

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Citations for anomie
That Texas was a fluid situation which attracted people who were prone to anomie, and that in their continuing disorganization they killed themsevles. James W. Michener, Texas
In particular, in his search to live up to his father's example, Oskar has to overcome the depressing sense of anomie that results from living in a big city. Kristiaan Versluys, Out of the Blue
Origin of anomie
1930-1935
Anomie comes directly from the Greek anomia meaning lawlessness, from a (without) and nomia (law).