NS FL2 P/S #17

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NS_Tutor_Will
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NS FL2 P/S #17

Post by NS_Tutor_Will » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:34 pm

A student recently asked us, "If a society has a high heterogeneity (diversity), then isn't it less likely for people to become anomic since they are more likely to adapt to a society with lots of different people, norms, and cultures?"

Anomie is a term that refers to societies that have low levels of cohesiveness, are typically fragmented, and are characterized by a state of "normlessness" (or a lack of morals). In this particular question, heterogeneity would lead to a lack of cohesiveness in society because, according to the definition of anomie, heterogeneous individuals are less likely to associate, to share values, or to identify with one another. This leads to a fragmented society.

While I certainly see your point (and I do hope and wish that you are correct!) according to the sociological theory of anomie, heterogeneity is a common characteristic of societies with high levels of anomie.

I hope this helps and good luck!
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