Contemporary Applications of Anomie Theories

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC36 Alienation Theory and Research (host committee)

Language: English

This session follows up on the previous RC 36 session "Anomie and Alienation Theories Revisited." However, the focus has been shifted to contemporary developments in anomie theory, including its application in both theory and empirical studies. On the one hand, new theories – IAT in particular – have appeared. The development of the social sciences on the methodological level has also provided us with possibilities to check new types of hypothesis through such means as cross-country comparisons and various factor analysis techniques. On the other hand, new theoretical issues need to be challenged. Although we cannot speak of only one theory of anomie, the connections between the various existing theories are often rather vague. In addition, the tradition of empirical research has had an impact upon anomie theory itself, which has led to new problems and controversies, such as the issue of the relation between anomie and alienation. The discussion will thus address new developments in theory and empirical studies, encourage critical revision of contemporary anomie studies, and investigate the applicability of classical theoretical propositions in relation to contemporary societies. We welcome contributions that display the theoretical and empirical application of anomie theories in describing and explaining social, political, economic, and cultural phenomena today.
Session Organizers:
Andreas HÖVERMANN, University of Bielefeld, Germany and Jacek BIELINSKI, Collegium Civitas, Poland
Jacek BIELINSKI, Collegium Civitas, Poland and Andreas HÖVERMANN, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Oral Presentations
Alienation on a Flexible Labour Market
Johan ALFONSSON, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
How Do Networks of Mutual Aid Extinguish Poverty in Russia: Intergenerational Perspective
Mayya SHMIDT, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation