Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY (ISA)   FALL 2006 , Volume 7 , Number 3; Page(s) 59 To 75.
 
Paper: 

SOCIAL COLLAPSE OR SOCIAL ANOMIE IN IRAN

 
 
Author(s):  JALAEIPOUR H.R.*
 
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Abstract: 

When scholars and political activists express their concern about the dangers of social breakdown in the Iranian public sphere, at least three different meanings of the term "collapse" can be recognized as a possible "referent".
Such multiplicity of usage obscures the understanding such vital issue. This paper initially sets out to identify the major meanings of "breakdown"; three meanings of breakdown as social, as rupture in national unity, and as political are recognized to be more frequently cited in the public sphere of Iran. Then, using the theoretical framework of political sociology, with a special emphasis on the state, we conclude that the concept of social anomie is more accurate than social collapse. The study utilizes empirical evidence and fieldwork data to support its claims.

 
Keyword(s): COMMUNITY, SOCIETY, SOCIAL BREAKDOWN, SOCIAL CONTROL, NATIONAL UNITY, POLITICAL BREAKDOWN, STATELESS SITUATION, CIVIL CITIZEN
 
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