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A condition characterized by the absence or confusion of social norms or values in a society or group. According to Martindale, anomie is the "strict counterpart of the idea of social solidarity. Just as social solidarity is a state of collective ideological integration, anomie is a state of confusion, insecurity, 'normlessness'. The collective representations are in a state of decay." -- From Don Martindale, The Nature and Types of Sociological Theory (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1960)

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