Suicide: A Study in Sociology

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Taylor & Francis, Feb 21, 2002 - Psychology - 432 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Nae - Goodreads

This book was really interesting. Durkheim is a TERRIBLE writer though. I wanted to tear my hair out every five seconds because I could not get over the writing technique. That caused a struggle but it did not deter me from wanting to finish the book. It is very thought provoking. Read full review

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User Review  - Brendan - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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Émile Durkheim (1858 - 1917). One of the founding fathers of modern sociology.

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