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1. In ordinary speech, “anonymity” refers to the concealing of one’s name, to remaining nameless, thus avoiding being questioned as a person. Anonymity is both a protection and a threat. By it individuals escape the control of a group or society and protect themselves against attack by a collective. Anonymity is also a mark of individualizing, a loss of the social relations that belong to the wholeness of the person, a loss of rootage in society. The consequences might be loneliness, substance abuse, the threat of suicide, or crime.

2. Sociology seldom deals with anonymity. The word …

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Daiber, Karl-Fritz, “Anonymity”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 09 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A334>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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