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  • It is normlessness, Durkheim felt, that led to deviant behaviour.

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  • Durkheim recognised the danger of anomie or normlessness.

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  • But in sociology, we use the term anomie, the sense of normlessness that comes just like the spiraling down.

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  • Some 68 percent felt meaningless to a great extent, while 71 percent indicated that there was a high degree of normlessness in the electricity utility.

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  • Moral inarticulacy in the face of war is itself a moral stance — one that rejects the possibility of reason, accepts normlessness in international affairs, and capitulates to cynicism.

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  • Leyburn points out that since the Scotch-Irish were never a "minority," in the sense that their values differed radically from the norms of their areas of settlement, they never suffered the normlessness which Durkheim calls anomie -- the absence of clear standards to follow.

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  • Sociologist Emile Durkheim in his classic work on suicides had related the rate of suicide prevalent in any society to the concept of anomie, which he defined as a state of normlessness.

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  • Anomie ” normlessness ” is now a chief factor making cities unworkable, whether it appears as the hopelessness and delinquency of poor people or as the privatism and negativism of the middle class fleeing to suburbs.

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  • an·o·mie [an-uh-me] n social unrest or normlessness; malaise, alienation and purposelessness. belle [bel] n a popular and charming woman; especially: a woman whose charm and beauty make her a favorite.

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  • Durkheim ... warned of the dangers of anomie (normlessness), and wrote, in 1897, that "Man cannot become attached to higher aims and submit to a rule if he sees nothing above him to which he belongs.

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