Understanding Suicide: A Sociological Autopsy

Fincham, Ben, Langer, Susanne, Scourfield, Jonathon and Shiner, Michael (2011) Understanding Suicide: A Sociological Autopsy. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230580923

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Abstract

Suicide has an important place in the history of sociology, because of Durkheim's famous study and the debates that have followed since it was published more than a century ago. The sociological study of suicide remains a powerful illustration of competing paradigms. The bold aim of this book is to make a new contribution to this classic sociological debate. The authors highlight the importance of qualitatively-driven, mixed methods sociological research on individual suicides, coining the term 'sociological autopsy' to describe their ESRC-funded study of 100 suicide case files. They illustrate how qualitative and quantitative data can be combined; and navigate the dual paradigms of objectivism and constructionism, examining what can be known about suicidal lives and also taking a critical stance on the knowledge itself. Substantive themes developed in the book include the gendered character of suicidal behaviour, the role of the life-course and the importance of social bonds, especially intimate relationships.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Ben Fincham
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:20
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2012 11:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15879
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