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Unformatted text preview: ore going on than the personal decision of an individual Social factors had to be considered- realized social factors were important because cities, counties and nations varied in stable and predictable ways in terms of suicide statistics Durkheim tried to identify these social factors His theoretical ideas that he thought contributed to suicide were reflected in 4 concepts B. Four Types of Suicide in Modern Society 1.) Egoistic Suicide results from insufficient integration of individuals into social groups Men have higher rates of suicide than women Protestants have higher rates of suicide then Catholics and Jews Older people have higher rates of suicide than younger people Single people have higher rates of suicide than married people All have one thing in common have fewer social ties to other people Men more independent, thus living alone Protestants less likely to be integrated into a religious community Older people and single people have fewer ties to family & friends Being integrated into social groups acts as a constraint against suicide Those groups give meaning to a person's life Anomie produces conflict, struggle & lawlessness instead of solidarity Workers may go on strict against capitalists because they believe capitalists are not meeting their responsibilities under the division of labour- may involve not giving workers their wage; may be breaking health & safety regulations this generates conflict &...
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This document was uploaded on 03/14/2014 for the course SOCIOLOGY 2S06 at McMaster University.
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