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Summary 1. Durkheim has been criticised (by positivist sociologists) for his failure to operationalise the concepts of social integration and regulation. 2. The reliability and validity of Durkheim's suicide data is open to doubt. 3. Douglas and Maxwell Atkinson have questioned Durkheim's assumption that official suicide statistics represent objective data. 4. "Suicide" is a social category that is created by the interpretation of significant social actors (such as coroners). 5. Interactionists have offered a variety of explanations as to why individuals commit suicide, but it is debatable as to whether or not they have significantly improved upon Durkheim's analysis. 6. Hindess argues that, used with care and understanding, social statistics are a reliable and valid form of data collection.
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Unformatted text preview: Additionally, in terms of the different skill domains you are required to demonstrate, you should also feel confident that you can: Examination Questions. 1. Outline and assess the different ways in which sociologists have approached the study of suicide (25 marks). 2. "What is defined as a suicide is more a matter of what the coroner thinks, than what the dead person intended". Discuss with reference to recent studies of suicide (25 marks). 3. Evaluate the usefulness of official statistics to a sociological understanding of suicide (8 marks). 4. Evaluate the claim put forward by some sociologists that the nature and extent of suicide is socially constructed (25 marks). 5. Compare and contrast any two sociological approaches to the study of suicide (25 marks)....
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