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SOC101Y September 10, 2008 Lecture 1 Topic: “why people commit suicide”? Asked in paris, france Proved not b/c of psychological distress, Studied by durkheim How to explain? Seems to be an a-social act. Circumstances that lie outside the mind of individuals Rate of suicide increases with certain social circumstances and decreases with other social circumstances Why level of suicide changes over time and over place. -lack of employment—social isolation -maried people less likely to commit suicide b/c they have responsibilities to others, obligations -women have lower suicidal rates…but higher rates of psychological distress..b/c they are even more firmly embedded in family life. **19 th century france -differences in religious groups…catholics, protestants and jewish—protestants had highest rates of suicide. Look back at history when christians prosecuted jews. Catholics had higher level of solidarity than protestants protestantsm people are encouraged to find individual paths to god.
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