Super-Anomie? U.S. Shooting Incidents in the Last 30 Days

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4 Responses

  1. socanonymous says:

    It is nice to see that the media has not yet simplified this incident into one single issue. There are certainly a number of overlapping issues here which are interesting sociologically: immigrant integration, job loss, economic instability, gun laws, etc.
    Good post!

  2. kiyallsmith says:

    I am interested by your point about performance–if this becomes a normative response to chaos it will not matter if there are strict gun control laws or not. The media contributes to performance by giving the behavior a stage. Thanks for getting me thinking!


  3. nickiewild says:

    kiallsmith- your point about the media is totally on the mark. I was going to talk about that, but didn’t want to the post to be too long. However, I think that automatic weapons are a big part of this problem. Will gun control laws help? Maybe, maybe not. But we also need to keep in mind that these acts, while terrible, are not responsible for the majority of gun deaths. Again- media is a big player.

  1. 10th April 2009

    […] in Binghamton and Pittsburgh are becoming more common here in the U.S.   As Nickie Wild writing at Sociology Lens explains, this may be part of a “super anomie,” in which the gap between what one wants […]

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