American Suicide: A Psychocultural Exploration

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Rutgers University Press, 1991 - History - 284 pages
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Self-destruction in the promised land: a psychocultural biology of American suicide

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Kushner (history, San Diego State University) traces American popular and scientific attitudes toward suicide from 1630 to the present, reviewing the apparent contradictions in method and theory ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
From Crime to Disease 16301843
13
Rise and Decline of Moral Treatment 18441917
35
Specialization and Its Casualties 19171988
62
TOWARD A Ps YCHOCULTUR
91
Two Strategies
119
The Psychocultural Meaning of Suicide
145
Toward a Psychocultural Biology
166
From Jamestown to Jonestown
179
Notes
203
Bibliography
245
Index
269
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