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Alienation and Anomie

  • By: Richard Sullivan & Brian Ott
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

This entry describes two related concepts: alienation, an idea developed by political economist Karl Marx, and anomie, a concept at the heart of Émile Durkheim's intellectual work on social integration. Although there is some conceptual overlap, each is addressed separately below. ...

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