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or an·o·my  (ăn′ə-mē)
1. Social instability caused by erosion of standards and values.
2. Alienation and purposelessness experienced by a person or a class as a result of a lack of standards, values, or ideals: "We must now brace ourselves for disquisitions on peer pressure, adolescent anomie and rage" (Charles Krauthammer).

[French, from Greek anomiā, lawlessness, from anomos, lawless : a-, without; see a-1 + nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.]

a·nom′ic (ə-nŏm′ĭk, ə-nō′mĭk) adj.

anomie, anomy, anomia

a state or condition of individuals or society characterized by an absence or breakdown of social and legal norms and values, as in the case of an uprooted people. — anomic, adj.
See also: Law
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anomy - personal state of isolation and anxiety resulting from a lack of social control and regulationanomy - personal state of isolation and anxiety resulting from a lack of social control and regulation
isolation - a state of separation between persons or groups
2.anomy - lack of moral standards in a society
immorality - the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; "the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"
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What we must do to relieve this anomy," he argues, is to eliminate external sources of inequality such as inherited wealth and "introduce into [social] relations more justice.
But the consequences of an armed conflict of big proportions and the effects of the combatants' propaganda from both sides can degenerate into the catastrophe of anomy when moral, religious and ethical values are abandoned by the community.
Woman as sexual object, appendage or virgin/prostitute as Iriyise in Season of Anomy, is shadow figure in Idanre.
The pervasive ambivalent and ambiguous perceptions about the United States' actions and roles in present-day world affairs stem from of a certain state of anomy regarding the inconsistencies of civil society: anti-Americanism in Romania is diffuse and predominantly private rather than publicly outspoken and articulated at the civil society level; that is the reason why the study of psychological anti-Americanism in Romania would be more instructive as an approach of the Romanian social imaginary (19) rather than an endeavour using the instruments of qualitative sociological research.
It is a technological and statistical gouvernementalite, which according to Giorgio Agamben, introduced "an empty space of law", a zone of anomy where all legal determinations are permanently on hold, a zone where "the very distinction between public and private is disabled" (Agamben, 2003, p.
Urban migration leads to creation or expansion of slums, followed by poverty, anomy and lawlessness.
In fact, the crowd is here seen as a social structure able to compensate the experience of anomy (p.
The same goes for every attempt to think anomy: it becomes accessible only through the exhibition and the deposition of the anomy that law has captured within itself in the state of exception.
Soyinka was outraged when he learned that the American edition of his novel Seasons of Anomy (1974) promised on its back cover a portrayal of "the clash between old values and new ways, between western methods and African traditions.
De)-Orientalising the Female Self: Selected Feminine Characterizations in Wole Soyinka's The Interpreters, Season of Anomy and Madmen and Specialists.