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Anomie

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The wordanomie, which can be defined as the absence of laws or norms, has ancient historical roots. In the present entry, its history is traced from its earliest form to the present, and in doing so, its significance as a sociological concept and as an explanatory variable in understanding the conditions for social change and stability are considered.

The Earliest Use of the Concept

In its earliest form,anomia, it is perhaps first found in the writings of the Sophists in ancient Greece of the 5th ...

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