On Suicide: A Study in Sociology

On Suicide A Study in Sociology A classic book about the phenomenon of suicide and its social causes written by one of the world s most influential sociologists Emile Durkheim s Suicide addresses the phenomenon of suicide and its so

  • Title: On Suicide: A Study in Sociology
  • Author: Émile Durkheim George Simpson John A. Spaulding
  • ISBN: 9780684836324
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • A classic book about the phenomenon of suicide and its social causes written by one of the world s most influential sociologists.Emile Durkheim s Suicide addresses the phenomenon of suicide and its social causes Written by one of the world s most influential sociologists, this classic argues that suicide primarily results from a lack of integration of the individual intoA classic book about the phenomenon of suicide and its social causes written by one of the world s most influential sociologists.Emile Durkheim s Suicide addresses the phenomenon of suicide and its social causes Written by one of the world s most influential sociologists, this classic argues that suicide primarily results from a lack of integration of the individual into society Suicide provides readers with an understanding of the impetus for suicide and its psychological impact on the victim, family, and society.

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    1. Much of Durkheim s work was concerned with how societies could maintain their integrity and coherence in modernity an era in which traditional social and religious ties are no longer assumed, and in which new social institutions have come into being His first major sociological work was The Division of Labor in Society 1893 In 1895, he published his Rules of the Sociological Method and set up the first European department of sociology, becoming France s first professor of sociology.In 1896, he established the journal L Ann e Sociologique Durkheim s seminal monograph, Suicide 1897 , a study of suicide rates amongst Catholic and Protestant populations, pioneered modern social research and served to distinguish social science from psychology and political philosophy The Elementary Forms of Religious Life 1912 , presented a theory of religion, comparing the social and cultural lives of aboriginal and modern societies.Durkheim was also deeply preoccupied with the acceptance of sociology as a legitimate science He refined the positivism originally set forth by Auguste Comte, promoting what could be considered as a form of epistemological realism, as well as the use of the hypothetico deductive model in social science For him, sociology was the science of institutions, citation needed its aim being to discover structural social facts Durkheim was a major proponent of structural functionalism, a foundational perspective in both sociology and anthropology In his view, social science should be purely holistic that is, sociology should study phenomena attributed to society at large, rather than being limited to the specific actions of individuals.He remained a dominant force in French intellectual life until his death in 1917, presenting numerous lectures and published works on a variety of topics, including the sociology of knowledge, morality, social stratification, religion, law, education, and deviance Durkheimian terms such as collective consciousness have since entered the popular lexicon.

    2. This is a seriously interesting book. It is an early classic of sociology (and of sociological thinking) and so, as such, it is one of those books you are supposed to at least know-of, if not to have actually read. And, despite it being rather long, it is surprisingly easy to read. In many ways this book is interested in something much deeper than just suicide – that probably sounds daft and perhaps even unfeeling, but there clearly is a deeper problem occupying Durkheim’s attention in this [...]

    3. I read this in college. It was interesting and dryly written. It draws connections between variables and confounds like class status, religious tradition, and literacy and the rate with which people in various cross-sections of these things decide that life is not worth living. Turns out that money and god and reading aren't enough to keep people protected from themselves. A groundbreaking work of social science. Here's what happens when you try to kill yourself with Google:"Suicide is another t [...]

    4. 3 1/2 stars. This is a very difficult work to review. There's a lot of good here, but there's also a lot of bad. I'll start with the good.-Durkheim exposes a lot of facts about suicide that have been successfully validated by contemporary studies of the subject. For example, the greater likelihood of unmarried individuals to commit suicide, the increased likelihood of suicide with age, the greater likelihood of educated individuals to commit suicide, etc.-Durkheim's thesis that, at least for the [...]

    5. Groundbreaking? Yes.Important? Yes.Could I force myself to read the whole thing? No.DNF at page 167. I didn't even get half way.

    6. Blah blah blah - the charts are skull-fuckingly boring. Still, the best lesson in human existence imaginable. (It took some number crunching to prove that we swallow and spit ourselves up interminably, for eternity.)

    7. (7/10) Going in I expected reading Durkheim in the 21rst century to be a purely historic endeavour, examining up close the beginnings of the social sciences but not really learning anything. And there's a large chunk of the book that's like that, including uncomfortable sections about "lower races" and the natural inclinations of women. But there's also a lot in here that spoke to questions I'd been considering later, about the intersection of the individual and society and the difficulty of try [...]

    8. I thought it would be time for more Durkheim. I have only read one of his works, "Elementary Forms of Religious Life" and found that if it were possible for one book to change a life this would be it for me. Durkheim's meticulous reading of primitive religion (his term-"Elementary Forms" was written over 100 years ago) led him, seemingly inexorably, to the conclusion that when we say we worship the divine we are substituting the term divine for our own transcendental nature created when humankin [...]

    9. Professor David Downes has chosen to discuss Emile Durkheim’s Suicide: A Study in Sociology, on FiveBooks as one of the top five on his subject -Crime and Punishment, saying that:“…Durkheim focuses on the ‘non-contractual elements in contract’ – trust, integrity and moral obligations – as the prime source of social cohesion in economic relations. Elementary sociology but ignored by, or unknown to economists, for whom Durkheim should be compulsory reading. Feral bankers are a far gr [...]

    10. الكتاب قيّم، يحاول دركهايم الوصول الى تلابيب المجتمع وتأثيراته الايجابية على الانسان الفرد من خلال تفسيره لمعطيات ظاهرة الانتحار. كما قال أحد المعلّقين أنه لربما بالغ الكاتب بالاستخفاف بالأسباب النفسية أو بعض الظروف المحيطة على ارادة المرء للانتحار، لكنه قد احسن ذلك عن طر [...]

    11. While I remain generally suspicious of sociology as an academic discipline, what Durkheim attempts to do here is impressive.There are lines of inference I disagree with, and some which are contextually outdated (related to marriage), but in the whole these interpretations still seem relevant. Although it is readable for laypeople I would only recommend this for people with an academic/professional interest in general statistical trends for suicide. The explanation of the statistics, and those on [...]

    12. Un clásico de la sociología. Al principio me costó seguirle el rollo (por un lenguaje científico obsoleto, ya que es de finales del S.XIX, y por la gran cantidad de tablas y datos que incluye) pero ciertamente es un libro interesante e incluso útil. En él, Durkheim presenta una teoría propia comprensible sobre los tipos de suicidio y las causas últimas de los mismos que, aunque basados en datos de su época, el trasfondo se puede trasladar a la actualidad en su mayor parte.

    13. More than a hundred years after it was written, it still challenges common views on suicide, makes surprising conclusions and uses interesting historical comparisons. Some the conclusions are today easily refuted (such as the conclusions of why women have less to gain by the marriage), but to me that is just to be expected. Well worth the read for those interested in sociology and psychology.

    14. There has been some time since I last encountered such a dramatic yet enjoyable read. I have heard about this work several years ago and it has been lingering on my to-read list ever since, when I still considered social science to be a possible choice of career. Now things have changed sharply in many aspects and I am away from social science for good, I still find this work exciting.Unlike modern social science people who secretly serve their statistics overlord, Durkheim has a very broad scop [...]

    15. the first "real" book on suicide, durkheim was a sociologist who first started looking at suicide in 1897. the result is a landmark text in psychology, and the foundation text for suicidology. it's really brilliant, tries to quantify suicidology into a science - which is desperately hard, because obviously you can't exactly run experiments on what causes people to kill themselves and what doesn't. (oh, ethical problems!) the only problem is that it does read like a text - and add the fact that h [...]

    16. I'll have to say I never really understood the term social science until I read this book. Durkheim is often enough called the father of sociology and this book, published early in the 20th century presents interesting facts, statistics and trends on the subject. Can't say that he got it right all the time, but what is the fun with agreeing with everything anyway?

    17. Dry, difficult, but fascinating look at suicide. Durkheim is very methodical and careful not to draw conclusions where there are none. He does fall short on certain chapters, one in particular that struck me was when he talked about the Japanese honor suicide and the Indian practice of a widow throwing herself on the funeral pyre.

    18. This book provided the foundation for sociology as a separate discipline. Durkheim took a phenomenon that seems on the surface completely psychological -- suicide -- and approached it by studying broader social trends at the group level. The patterns he identified were remarkable. Social science FTW!

    19. Libro letto per l'università.Quest'opera l'ho letta per via del esame di sociologia,ma l'ho trovato molto interessante,e per certi tratti mi ha fatto riflettere sulla società in qui viviamo.Ottima scoperta

    20. meh - a very dense read that is bogged down by baseless racist and patriarchal beliefs. some of the theory still holds up, but overall this is such an overwrought and overrated work. social scientists always kiss this dude's ass but he really doesn't deserve it imo

    21. I will start off by saying that I did not choose to read this book by choice, however I am glad that I did it. I often felt at times that I was swamped with confusing statistics mixed in with dissections. If it weren't for reading it almost continuously every single day, I feel like I would have gotten even more lost. Many of the chapters are nuanced in their attempt to create specific types of suicides. My "professor" highlighted Durkheim's attention to highlighting how gender plays an importan [...]

    22. Första halvan var övermäktig statistik, sen blev det mer spännande. Nytänkande idéer i en ganska vidrig tid i övrigt. Skulle inte vilja vara kvinna 1897 så att säga.

    23. Memahami Bunuh Diri sebagai Refleksi Fakta Sosial."At each moment of its history, therefore, each society has a definite aptitude for suicide". [Hal. XI]Durkheim memulai tulisannya dengan deretan argumen penolakan terhadap tesis deterministik psikologis para ilmuan abad ke-19 yang menyatakan bunuh diri sebagai gejala "penyimpangan" individu. Ia dengan tegas menyatakan bahwa persoalan bunuh diri adalah persoalan interaksi sosial, persoalan kelembagaan dan berbagai dinamika di dalamnya. Ia juga me [...]

    24. There are books that one can conceivably designate as 5-star classics not in spite of—but because of—the extreme effort required to get through them. Émile Durkheim’s On Suicide is one of these. Practically impenetrable, it is written as if intended as a torture instrument in the schooling of unwitting, trustful sixth-formers—possibly causing them to commit suicide.“But, sir,” pleads the bewildered, teary-eyed 17-year-old. “Why do I have to read this? I thought I was doing French [...]

    25. There is a lot a really liked about this book however I agree with most of the other reviews that it gets tiresome reading through all of the old charts and statistics from 19th century France. I normally love dry books with lots of statistics but when they are as old as this book it makes it a lot less interesting. That complaint aside, I enjoyed reading this. The general theme of the book was suicide results from a loss of the bond between an individual and society rather than from an individu [...]

    26. I´m amazed that anyone can fit that much insight into a hundred pages.Durkheim has a way of looking at our society, and describing its functions, that is unique and familiar at the same time. You feel like you have thought these thoughts before, but they take on a whole new meaning when described in such meticulous detail, and it´s almost like discovering them anew. I´ll have to admit though, that I think the reason I liked this book so much was that I was selective in the way I read it. I sk [...]

    27. This is a fascinating read from a historical perspective. I was impressed by the level of statistical rigor for the period. It was also particularly interesting to read the section in which Durkheim attempts to define "race" and concludes something surprisingly close to "it's a social construct". His views on women, on the other hand, are not as charitable from the perspective of a modern reader.I don't think this book is relevant to the study of suicide today. The majority of the book is spent [...]

    28. Such an insightful work, that covers such a vast array of issues pertaining to the human condition.Chiefly a work on suicide as a social issue, rather thanan indiviual, psychological one, On Suicide investigates why suicide rates remain constant over time and across generations, even though social conditions don't.It's important to note that when cross-referencing statistics, this book focuses solely on Western-European countries, only really drawing on facts from other continents, briefly, whil [...]

    29. Of the whole Marx, Weber, Durkheim trifecta, these are my favorites to read (and this is about pleasure, not about theoretical or ideological paradigms):Suicide: a sociological study, by Durkheim, and "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte", by Marx. (Note the absence of any of Weber's works. Groundbreaking he may be, but a gifted writer he is not). The elegance and apparent simplicity of Durkheim's "Suicide" belies its importance in the history of sociological thought. Would that all socia [...]

    30. São 515 páginas que funcionam como uma aula de argumentação fundamentada em dados estatísticos e comparativos sobre quem se matava mais, o homem casado ou solteiro, o católico ou o judeu ou o protestante? As pessoas optam pela "morte voluntária" em tempos de paz ou de guerra? No verão ou no inverno? Sugiro que seja lido como se você estivesse interessado em conhecer um método de realizar pesquisa no campo social. Merece 5 estrelas!

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