a state or condition of individuals or society characterized by a breakdown or absence of social norms and values, as in the case of uprooted people.
Historical Examples

One may designate it as religious independence, or anomy, or individualism.
The Non-religion of the Future: A Sociological Study Jean-Marie Guyau

(sociol) lack of social or moral standards in an individual or society

“lawlessness,” 1590s, anglicized from French anomie; from Greek anomia “lawlessness,” noun of quality from anomos “without law, lawless,” from a-, privative prefix, “without” (see an- (1)) + nomos “law” (see numismatics).

“absence of accepted social values,” 1933, from Durkheim’s “Suicide” (1897); a reborrowing with French spelling of anomy.


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