Sociological Approach to Suicide Analytical Essay by Calwriter

Sociological Approach to Suicide
An analysis of whether suicide is an individual phenomenon or a societal construct through an examination of Emile Durkheim's theory on suicide.
# 54439 | 1,205 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2004 in Sociology (Theory)

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This paper explains how, according to the functionalist theory described by Emile Durkheim, suicide rates are social facts based on other established social facts and thus have a sociological basis. The writer points out that, as suicide rates are social facts, Durkheim sets out to provide an empirical basis of social explanation regarding suicide, providing a far different account of trends than the previously perceived notion that suicide is based purely on individual or psychological reasons. It shows how the phenomenon of what actually motivates the occurrence of suicide can be examined from a social perspective, implicating society as a factor in stimulating an individual to commit suicide.

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