• Filename: suicide.
  • ISBN: 9781134470228
  • Release Date: 2005-08-04
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Emile Durkheim
  • Publisher: Routledge

There would be no need for sociology if everyone understood the social frameworks within which we operate. That we do have a connection to the larger picture is largely thanks to the pioneering thinker Émile Durkheim. He recognized that, if anything can explain how we as individuals relate to society, then it is suicide: Why does it happen? What goes wrong? Why is it more common in some places than others? In seeking answers to these questions, Durkheim wrote a work that has fascinated, challenged and informed its readers for over a hundred years. Far-sighted and trail-blazing in its conclusions, Suicide makes an immense contribution to our understanding to what must surely be one of the least understandable of acts. A brilliant study, it is regarded as one of the most important books Durkheim ever wrote.


  • Filename: suicide.
  • ISBN: 9781439118269
  • Release Date: 2010-05-11
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: John A. Spaulding
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

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 into society. Suicide provides readers with an understanding of the impetus for suicide and its psychological impact on the victim, family, and society.


  • Filename: suicide.
  • ISBN: 0415045878
  • Release Date: 1952
  • Number of pages: 404
  • Author: Emile Durkheim
  • Publisher: Psychology Press

One of Durkheim's most important works, serving as a model in social theory.

On Suicide

  • Filename: on-suicide.
  • ISBN: 9780141915340
  • Release Date: 2006-09-28
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Emile Durkheim
  • Publisher: Penguin UK

Emile Durkheim's On Suicide (1897) was a groundbreaking book in the field of sociology. Traditionally, suicide was thought to be a matter of purely individual despair but Durkheim recognized that the phenomenon had a social dimension. He believed that if anything can explain how individuals relate to society, then it is suicide: Why does it happen? What goes wrong? Why do certain social, religious or racial groups have higher incidences of suicide than others? As Durkheim explored these questions he became convinced that abnormally high or low levels of social integration lead to an increased likelihood of suicide. On Suicide was the result of his extensive research. Divided into three parts - individual reasons for suicide, social forms of suicide and the relation of suicide to society as a whole - Durkheim's revelations have fascinated, challenged and informed readers for over a century.

Understanding Suicide

  • Filename: understanding-suicide.
  • ISBN: 9780230314078
  • Release Date: 2011-07-26
  • Number of pages: 203
  • Author: B. Fincham
  • Publisher: Springer

Sociologists have debated suicide since the early days of the discipline. This book assesses that body of work and breaks new ground through a qualitatively-driven, mixed method 'sociological autopsy' ofone hundredsuicides that explores what can be known about suicidal lives.

Durkheim s Suicide

  • Filename: durkheim-s-suicide.
  • ISBN: 9781134626113
  • Release Date: 2002-09-26
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: W.S.F. Pickering
  • Publisher: Routledge

Durkeim's book on suicide, first published in 1897, is widely regarded as a classic text, and is essential reading for any student of Durkheim's thought and sociological method. This book examines the continuing importance of Durkheim's methodology. The wide-ranging chapters cover such issues as the use of statistics, explanation of suicide, anomie and religion and the morality of suicide. It will be of vital interest to any serious scholar of Durkheim's thought and to the sociologist looking for a fresh methodological perspective.

What does a suicide rate reveal about a society

  • Filename: what-does-a-suicide-rate-reveal-about-a-society.
  • ISBN: 9783638189408
  • Release Date: 2003-05-03
  • Number of pages: 8
  • Author: Christine Langhoff
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag

Essay from the year 2003 in the subject Sociology - Social System, Social Structure, Class, Social Stratification, grade: 2.1 (B), Oxford University (New College), 4 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Durkheim in his book “Suicide: A Study in Sociology” (1897) stated that “the term suicide is applied to every case of death which results directly or indirectly from a positive or negative act, carried out by the victim himself, knowing that it will produce this result. An attempt is an act defined in the same way, but falling short of actual death.” He used the study of suicide in order to illustrate his own methodological approach and many studies that followed have been, at least in part, a reaction to his work. Durkheim, although acknowledging that there are individual conditions which can cause an individual to kill him/herself, emphasised that “every society is predisposed to produce a certain number of voluntary deaths” and that “the sociologist studies causes that affect not the individual but the group”. He believed that the suicide rate “constitutes an order of facts which is unified and definite” and that it can reveal certain aspects of society especially when looking at the different types of suicide that have been committed. I am going to explore Durkheim’s theory of suicide and what he believed a suicide rate reveals about a society. I am further going to look at some other theories of suicide and how these have supported or challenged Durkheim’s views. [...]

Durkheim is Dead

  • Filename: durkheim-is-dead.
  • ISBN: 0759103003
  • Release Date: 2003-01-01
  • Number of pages: 172
  • Author: Arthur Asa Berger
  • Publisher: Rowman Altamira

In this sociology textbook/mystery novel, students can join Sherlock Holmes and Watson as they discover a new area ripe for acrimony and intrigue: social theory. In 1910, the most prominent social theorists in the world gather in London for a conference on the new science of sociology. Things rapidly fall apart, though, as a fight breaks out, a jewel is stolen, and famous sociologist Emile Durkheim disappears. As Sherlock Holmes and Watson investigate, it appears that social theory may not only explain actions—in this case, it may be the cause of them. So Holmes and Watson investigate social theory itself, learning directly from those creating it: W.E.B. Du Bois, Sigmund Freud, Vladimir Lenin, Beatrice Webb, Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. The theories, lives, and passions of each sociologist are revealed as Holmes and Watson, learn first-hand just how influential social theory can be.

Suicide a Study in Sociology

  • Filename: suicide-a-study-in-sociology.
  • ISBN: 1297503570
  • Release Date: 2015-08-08
  • Number of pages: 412
  • Author: Emile Durkheim
  • Publisher: Andesite Press

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The Social Meanings of Suicide

  • Filename: the-social-meanings-of-suicide.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015002318064
  • Release Date: 1967
  • Number of pages: 398
  • Author: Jack D. Douglas
  • Publisher: Princeton. N.J. : Princeton University Press

This book presents a review and criticism of all sociological literature on suicide, from Emile Durkheim's influential Suicide (1897) to contemporary writings by sociologists who have patterned their own work on Durkheim's. Douglas points out fundamental weaknesses in the structural-functional study of suicide, and offers an alternative theoretical approach. He demonstrates the unreliability of official statistics on suicide and contends that Durkheim's explanations of suicide rates in terms of abstract social meanings are founded on an inadequate and misleading statistical base. The study of suicidal actions, Douglas argues, requires an examination of the individual's own construction of his actions. He analyzes revenge, escape, and sympathy motives; using diaries, notes, and observers' reports, he shows how the social meanings of actual cases should be studied. Originally published in 1967. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Status Integration and Suicide

  • Filename: status-integration-and-suicide.
  • ISBN: 0871141051
  • Release Date: 2001-12-01
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: Jack P. Gibbs
  • Publisher: University of Oregon Press

Sociological investigation of the statistcal enigma of suicide?exploring such questions as differences in national and cultural suicide rates. Suicide rate of populations are linked to status structure within the society. Originally published in 1964.

The Division of Labor in Society

  • Filename: the-division-of-labor-in-society.
  • ISBN: 9781439118245
  • Release Date: 2014-02-25
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Emile Durkheim
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Revised for the first time in over thirty years, this edition of Emile Durkheim’s masterful work on the nature and scope of sociology is updated with a new introduction and improved translation by leading scholar Steven Lukes that puts Durkheim’s work into context for the twenty-first century reader. When it was originally published, The Division of Labor in Society was an entirely original work on the nature of labor and production as they were being shaped by the industrial revolution. Emile Durkheim’s seminal work studies the nature of social solidarity and explores the ties that bind one person to the next in order to hold society together. This revised and updated second edition fluently conveys Durkheim’s arguments for contemporary readers. Leading Durkheim scholar Steve Lukes’s new introduction builds upon Lewis Coser’s original—which places the work in its intellectual and historical context and pinpoints its central ideas and arguments. Lukes explains the text’s continued significance as a tool to think about and deal with problems that face us today. The original translation has been revised and reworked in order to make Durkheim’s arguments clearer and easier to read. The Division of Labor in Society is an essential resource for students and scholars hoping to deepen their understanding of one of the pioneering voices in modern sociology and twentieth-century social thought.

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