Anomic - Anomic(Lack of social regulation The concept...

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Anomic (Lack of social regulation): The concept of "anomie" can be loosely translated as a state of "normlessness" and, in this instance, suicide is seen to become a possibility when an individual is suddenly cast adrift from the familiar normative surroundings in his / her life. As Nisbet ("The Sociological Tradition") notes: "Anomic suicide is caused by the sudden dislocation of normative systems - the breakdown of values by which one may have lived for a lifetime.". In this respect, anomic forms of suicide become a possibility when an individual becomes uncertain about the world in which he / she lives. Durkheim observed that this form of suicidal behaviour was relatively common in times of both economic depression and prosperity. In keeping with his realist methodology, he argued that suicide did not result from either poverty or prosperity, but from the increased social instability that resulted from social change (in both individual and wider social terms). For example, it is not poverty itself that produces "suicidal despair" in the individual. The poverty-stricken individual who is most likely to commit suicide is one who has seen a rapid deterioration in his / her individual circumstances (the classic example being the stockbroker who loses everything - job, status, income and so forth - in a banking collapse). Thus, it is not the fact of being poor that makes suicide an option, but the normative dislocation in an individual's life that results from a rapid change in social circumstances. In this respect, as male unemployment has increased in Britain over the past 15 years, we have seen a marked increase in suicides amongst this group of people. Similarly, the rich are no-more likely to commit suicide than the poor. The rich suicidal
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