Sadly Troubled History: The Meanings of Suicide in the Modern Age

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Apr 1, 2009 - Psychology - 464 pages
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In a study of nearly 7000 suicides from 1900 to 1950, John Weaver documents the challenges that ordinary people experienced during turbulent times and, using witnesses' testimony, death bed statements, and suicide notes, reconstructs individuals' thoughts as they decide whether to endure their suffering. Bridging social and medical history, Weaver presents an intellectual and political history of suicide studies, a revealing construction and deconstruction of suicide rates, a discussion of gender, life stages, and socio-economic circumstances in relation to suicide patterns, reflections on reasoning processes and intent, and society's reactions to suicide, including medical intervention.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Theory Conjecture and Politics
17
The Nineteenth Century
19
The Twentieth Century
62
Illustrations following pages 100 and 256
101
Rates Society and Motives
107
Rates Seasons Cohorts and Motives
109
Men and Motives
162
Women and Motives
213
Three Rationality Psyche and Treatment
263
6 What Becomes of the BrokenHearted? Intentions Decisions and Acts
265
Psychiatry and Suicidal Patients
304
Conclusion
345
Notes
359
Index
429
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John C. Weaver is University Professor at McMaster University.

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