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Sociology, Anomie

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Kyle Terrell

on 4 October 2012

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Transcript of Sociology, Anomie

The situation that arises when the norms of society are unclear or no longer applicable. Anomie An anomie frequently results from when society goes under rapid change, such as in the 60's, when the hippy revolution saw a rise in crime rates. The term anomie was created by Emile Durkheim. It was used to explain high rates of suicide in countries going under industrialization. These five ways are conformity, innovation, ritualism, retreatism, and rebellion. Robert K. Merton stated that individuals respond to the culturally approved goals and the legitimate means of achieving these goals in five ways. With a lack of moral guidelines, many decide either choose to use methods that are outside the cultural norm or they choose to have different goals. During an anomie, individuals are left without sufficient guidelines for them to decide the morality of their actions. When deviants conform to society, they accept cultural goals and cultural norms. This is the most common response. Conformity Innovation When deviants innovate, they advance society, accept cultural goals, and reject cultural norms. Ritualism With ritualism, deviants decide not to obey cultural goals, but still accept cultural norms. Retreatism When deviants retreat, they reject both cultural goals and cultural norms. Rebellion When deviants rebel, all cultural goals and norms are cast aside, just like retreatism, but are then replaced. Created by: Kyle Terrell, James Helm, and Jed Jensen Did you have fun on Anomie Island... because we didn't!
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