Durkheim’s Anomie in the Modern Era: A Discussion on Greece and the Occupy Wall Street Movement

This week, American Public Media’s Marketplace featured a story on the growing debt crisis in Greece. The radio interview of BBC’s Paul Mason piqued my curiosity when the discussion briefly turned to Émile Durkheim’s concept of anomie.

What are your thoughts? Share your comments below, and feel free to use the following questions as guidelines:

  • What kind of comparisons can we draw between the sentiments in Greece and the developing Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States?
  • What other theoretical frameworks could be applied to the growing disillusionment in Greece? In the U.S.?
  • What implications might the situation in Greece have for the European Union?
[Edit: The Occupy Wall Street movement has now expanded to Austin. Read about today’s protest here.] 

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