Title

Anomie: An Experimental and Exploratory Study of Durkheim's Concept

Publication Year

1967

Keywords

sociology, Emile Durkheim, labor, society, anomie

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Sociology | Sociology of Culture

Abstract

Disturbed by the rapid growth of industrialization in late eighteenth-century France, Emile Durkheim, at the time that nation's foremost sociologist, published a monograph pointing out the merits and dangers of division of labor to the stability of society. Published in 1893, De la division du travail social introduced the concept anomie to indicate a pathological form of society that could result from the division of labor. Four years later, Durkheim's outstanding investigation of self-destruction in Le Suicide further developed anomie, linking a lack of social cohesion with deviance.

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