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NCJ Number: 118418 Find in a Library
Title: Durkheim and Merton on Anomie: An Unexplored Contrast and Its Derivatives
Journal: Social Problems  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:242-250
Author(s): R A Hilbert
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Combining the anomie theories of Durkheim and Merton yields: anomie prevents anomie.
Abstract: This incoherence indicates that the theorists cannot be referencing the same phenomenon. Differences are pursued in the assumptions and orientations of the two theorists, particularly the ontological status of deviance, the role it plays in the health of society, and the sense in which it is normal, the nature of a crisis, the formal relationship between deviance and anomie, and the similarities in theoretical outcomes to those of common sense reasoning. Durkheim's theory emerges as more compatible with labeling theory, ethnomethodology, and contemporary social problems theory than with American functionalism. Merton's theorizing emerges as an empirical example of Durheimian ritual anomie prevention practices. (Author Abstract)
Main Term(s): Society-crime relationships
Index Term(s): Ethnomethodology; Labeling theory; Societal norms
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