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  • adj. Socially disorganized, disoriented or alienated

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  • adj. socially disoriented


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  • As a convinced Bible-believing Christian I have no problem with recognising that everyone is inherently religious and that without some overarching world-view would slump into what sociologist, Peter Berger calls 'anomic collapse'.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • These have much in common; they are guides to effective living in our chaotic, anomic society.

    Jerry Leichtling: Toward A Purpose Driven Party

  • But when mega developers began transforming Jersey City's post-industrial waterfront into a real estate "Gold Coast" in the '80s, area pols turned anomic.

    Jersey City Dreaming: Bullets, Bribes, and Unreal Real Estate

  • It provides us with a common bond and mitigates against the anomic impulse in society.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • But what if you could reduce the sense of isolation of millions of old people, provide an army of helpers in schools and hospitals and above all teach our anomic young people that they are part of something big and rather miraculous called British society?

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • What does interest me is the question of feeling "atomised" and being adrift in "anomic campuses."

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • By then, as a writer of a later generation, David Foster Wallace, remarked, the “brave new individualism and sexual freedom of the 1960s devolved into anomic self-indulgence” for the so-called Me generation of the 1970s.

    Raymond Carver

  • Suddenly, he was appealing not only to environmentalist Greens and anomic "disaffecteds" -- two groups that helped him score upsets in Maine and Colorado -- but to a broad swatch of America.

    The Method In His Madness

  • Asner mentioned a rather dubious study positing that "only" 10 percent of violent acts were media-inspired -- in truth, the cascade of amorality from Hollywood is one of several perverse braids twining into the anomic culture of poverty and criminality in the nation's cities.

    Off To The Culture War

  • The anomic New Yorkers in Gaitskill's 1988 story collection, "Bad Behavior," led some readers to mistake her for an S&M Tama Janowitz.

    Clinging To The American Edge


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  • "Aborigines traditionally enjoyed a condition of community that complex European societies must strive to match lest they sinkfurther into anomic egoism." Quoting AP Elkin in Tim Rowses: Rethinking Social Justice 2012 p.41

    March 27, 2013