Anomie: Definition, Theory & Examples


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The individual who created anomie theory was:

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1. Normlessness is best described as which of the following?

2. Which of the following best represents an example of Emile Durkheim's theory of anomie?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The anomie theory states that when the societal system has broken down, expectations of behavior are unclear, resulting in deviant behavior and depression. This quiz/worksheet combo will give you an overview of the theory and how it was formulated. You'll be tested on who created the theory, as well as specific examples of it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Who created the anomie theory
  • The definition of normalness
  • Specific examples of the theory of anomie

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on anomie theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what represents a specific example of anomie theory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Emile Durkheim and his creation of the theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about Emile Durkheim's idea, review the corresponding lesson on anomie theory. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines anomie and normalness
  • Examines what happens when societal structure breaks down
  • Identifies Emile Durkheim as the creator of the theory
  • Discusses various examples of anomie theory