Durkheim's Theory of Anomie and the 2016 American Election

  • Dr Sumeet Gupta Dr. Sumeet Gupta , Senior Associate Professor, HOD -Department of Accounting and Finance
  • Kshitiz Gupta University of Petroleuem and Energy Studies
Keywords: America, Anomie, Elections, Republican

Abstract

Anomie is a listless, affectless and alienated condition where one feels entirely cut off from others, it was coined by the sociologist Émile Durkheim in the year 1897 to explain the social integration and the rising suicide rates in European countries. The same interpretation is used to justify the rise of Donald Trump taking into consideration the anomie in the American society. This study seeks to explain how the American society has been evolved or been changed amid the anomic conditions which have attached themselves to this nation and how anomie gotten entrenched in the American Society to the point that it has caused profound impacts on several areas of life like firearm and property legislation and social welfare. For instance, it explains how the anomic conditions of the American Society enabled President Donald Trump to get into office and how this occurrence greatly surprised many individuals in the country. The paper also describes how the American society exists in a permanent anomie state where competitive individualism, as well as social institutions, tends to lead a lot of Americans to resist institutional controls actively and demonstrates how the rates of suicide vastly increased after the election of President Trump, who many did not ever believe or expect him to be elected into the seat.

Author Biographies

Dr Sumeet Gupta, Dr. Sumeet Gupta , Senior Associate Professor, HOD -Department of Accounting and Finance
Dr Sumeet Gupta, Senior Associate Professor,  HOD- Department of Accounting and Finance, Head- Center for Infrastructure and Project Finance Secretary, MSME Chapter Department of Accounting & Finance, School of Business - SoB    University of Petroleum & Energy Studies,    Kandoli Via Premnagar, Dehradun    Email sumeetgupta@ddn.upes.ac.in    Mobile: (+91), 7895617071, 8077587087  
Kshitiz Gupta, University of Petroleuem and Energy Studies
Research Scholar, Department of Decision Sciences

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Published
19-09-2018
How to Cite
Gupta, D. S., & Gupta, K. ( ). Durkheim’s Theory of Anomie and the 2016 American Election. Journal of Global Economy, 14(1), 28-39. Retrieved from http://www.rcssindia.org/jge/index.php/jge/article/view/484
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