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Unformatted text preview: basic assumptions of positivist sociology itself - in particular, the idea that the social world can be relatively easily quantified on the basis of agreed "facts" about the social world. Although both forms of critique derived from different sources, what they have in common is that both stem from a criticism of Durkheim's methodology and, in particular, his relatively uncritical approach to the use of secondary sources of data. By looking at these two forms of criticism, therefore, we should be able to understand something about the present nature of sociological methodology and theory-development and, in addition, the current state of sociological theorising about the nature of suicidal behaviour. .....
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