Anomie is defined as lack of normal societal or ethical standards. It is a social condition whereby there is disappearance or disintegration of the values and norms that were previously shared among the members of the society. The concept also referred to as "normlessness," was coined by the great sociologist, Emile Durkheim. He documented the theory in 1893, in his book, The Division of Labor in Society where he indicated that the loss of rules governing individuals’ interaction was distorted and people could not determine how to socialize or handle each other in a ‘normal’ way. Therefore, he concluded that anomie was as a result of a system which has been broken down. It is important to note that this aspect produces unethical behavior that is outrageous in that it cannot be related to the societal norms.
Durkheim claimed that anomie is a transition phase whereby the norms and values which are common d
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