Emile Durkheim and the Concept of Anomie: What is Anomie?June 26, 2021
Anomie is a state of non-norms that occurs when society is shaken by a painful crisis or sudden transitions. It is the breaking of the bond between the society and the individual and the disappearance of the cultural and moral interaction between the society and the individual.
Anomie is shown by the goals the individual pursues and the probability of their realization. These goals and desires are partly biological and partly social.
Durkheim generally analyzed the industrial society of the 19th century as one in which the norms governing earnings were either weakly institutionalized or had no norms at all.
With the development of industrialization, desires multiply, and just at the moment when traditional rules lose their authority, the rich rewards offered by these desires provoke people and make them more greedy and intolerant of control. Unbridled passions intensify the state of disorder, that is, anomie, just when they need more discipline (Durkheim, 1952, p.252-254). This is the direct example of anomie.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer Yıldırım