The Logic of Durkheim

The Logic of Durkheim - The Logic of Durkheim's Analysis of...

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The Logic of Durkheim's Analysis of Suicide. 1. Initial collection of data : It was a fact that people killed themselves (a simple point, I know, but if we don't begin with this observation then there's nothing to actually collect data about). To discover whether or not suicide was a social phenomenon, Durkheim required: a. A large amount of data (because he wanted to ensure that he had a sufficient sample of data for his analysis). b. Cross-cultural data (because he wanted to check that the causes of suicide really were social and for this he needed to compare different societies). c. Inter-societal data (data collected from different times within the same society). For these purposes, he used Official Statistics relating to suicide. 2. Analysis of data: Are there patterns or regularities in the suicide statistics? If "yes" then this suggests some kind of social cause. If "no", then suicidal behaviour has no social cause - it is a problem of individual psychology. Thus, logically: If suicide has no social cause, suicides would be randomly distributed in terms of such things as: Time of year Social characteristics of suicidal individuals (age, class, gender, etc). 3. Since Durkheim discovered patterns in the statistics, how could he account for these
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