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 s Based off of personality, skills, outlook More prevalent in women Intrinsic s Name Girard's Two Types of Identities Macro - explaining gender differences in RATES s Not micro/social psych because he doesn't interview/survey people to find out HOW they identify themselves s A weakness because it relies on the inference that suicidal men have more contingent identities s Level of analysis Neither functional nor conflict theory - not covered here s 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 s Conflict theory: Suicide might benefit elites by eliminating high-level competition,
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course SOC 462 taught by Professor Jackspencer during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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