Study title
China Anomie Project
Ref study 6369
Study language German
Contributing institutions
  • Integration
  • Anomie
  • Sozialer Zerfall
Geographical space
  • Switzerland
Humanity has undergone historic changes in recent decades. Such far-reaching social and economic changes within a system lead to structural burdens, especially when the old and new systems coexist and collide. As a consequence of the stress-generating living conditions resulting from these radical changes, a series of certain subjective feelings arise among the individuals concerned: "anomie" is understood in this sense as a quality of sociality that is reflected by individual attitudes, opinions and perceptions. As with many other social phenomena, anomic conditions are equally characterized by constructive and destructive moments. Social instability and disintegration are considered fundamental characteristics of anomic processes in the context of the study, for which measuring instruments are to be developed, which then permit the early recognition of anomic tendencies.
China's attempt to integrate the market economy into an existing socialist system of society has led to a rapid development of the economic system that has affected the entire country. In addition to these economic successes, anchoring in socialist traditions has led to a clash of seemingly incompatible views. As a result of enormous conflicts of values and norms in Chinese society, there is an increase in distrust, dissatisfaction and pessimism. A mixture of hope and hopelessness - such paradoxes reflect the dynamic changes in today's Chinese society and make China a particularly interesting testing ground for an study of anomie. Among other things, the focus was on questions about perceptions of changes in the socio-professional world, the Dan Wei, as the traditional Chinese work unit.
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Methods (instruments)
Replicated study No
  • Li, Hanlin; Atteslander, Peter. 1999. Anomie Scales: Measuring Social Instability. In: P. Atteslander et al. (eds.): Comparative Anomie Research: Hidden Barriers - Hidden Potential for Social Development. Aldershot: Ashgate, S. 23-46, 1999.
  • Li, Hanlin; Wang, Qi. 1996. Research on the Chinese Work Unit Society. Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang, 1996.
  • Li, Hanlin. 1995. Power, Resources, and Exchange in the Chinese "Work Unit Society". In: P. Atteslander: Anomie. Social Destabilization and the Development of Early Warning Systems. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. Vol. 15, No. 8/9/10, 1995.
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Ethical approval No
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Date created 27.04.2018
Date modified 27.04.2018
Start - End date 01.01.1994 - 28.12.1997