Anomie refers to a breakdown of social norms and a condition where norms no longer control the activities of members in society. Individuals cannot find their place in society without clear rules to help guide them. Changing conditions as well as adjustment of life leads to dissatisfaction, conflict, and deviance. The term was introduced by the french sociologist Emile Durkheim who observed that social periods of disruption (economic depression, for instance) brought about greater anomie and higher rates of crime, suicide, and deviance. Anomie is increasing in societies undermined by liberal capitalism which is incapable to give sense to social life other than by consumerism, squandering, monopolization of natural resources and revenue from economic activities and growing inequalities.
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