SOC 462 Girard on Suicide

SOC 462 Girard on Suicide - 2008_01_22 Transition from...

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Based off of status, achievements, position, job More vulnerable to suicide (due to rapid changes threatening identities) More prevalent in men Contingent square4 Based off of personality, skills, outlook More prevalent in women Intrinsic square4 Name Girard's Two Types of Identities Macro -explaining gender differences in RATES square4 Not micro/social psych because he doesn't interview/survey people to find out HOW they identify themselves square4 A weakness because it relies on the inference that suicidal men have more contingent identities square4 Level of analysis Neither functional nor conflict theory -not covered here square4 Functionalist focus: Suicide might benefit society by minimizing population, reducing mental illness (assumes that genetics is a major component of mental illness, and assumes that suicide is a result of mental illness), reinforces value of human life, reinforces competitive spirit/perseverance square4
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