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Understanding Suicide

A Sociological Autopsy

Authors: Fincham, B., Langer, S., Scourfield, J., Shiner, M.

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About this book

Sociologists have debated suicide since the early days of the discipline. This book assesses that body of work and breaks new ground through a qualitatively-driven, mixed method 'sociological autopsy' ofone hundredsuicides that explores what can be known about suicidal lives.

About the authors

Ben Fincham is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex, UK.

Susanne Langer is Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Jonathan Scourfield is Professor of Social Work at Cardiff University, UK.

Michael Shiner is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Reviews

'This work is a major contribution to the study of suicide, still one of the core topics in sociology. Introducing a novel methodology and an innovative approach to suicidal motivation, it will become a landmark study in the field'.

- Professor Anthony Giddens, former Director of the LSE, UK and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, UK

'a wonderful example of what sociology can achieve: Being methodologically innovative and rigorous, theoretically rich and challenging, as well as maintaining direct relevance and utility to policy-makers and practitioners working in suicide prevention' - Network Magazine

'a much needed and important work for advanced students in the field.' - CHOICE

'Through a clever analysis of 100 suicide case files, the authors uncover a variety of neglected social and economic strains which contribute to suicide, such as indebtedness and stressful relationships at work. Their convincing analysis signals a need for researchers and clinicians to look for clusters of both sociological and psychiatric morbidity in order to obtain a better understanding of the complexities of suicide events. This combination of a 'psychological autopsy' with a 'sociological autopsy' will provide the knowledge base necessary for more effective programs for suicide prevention.'

- Steven Stack, Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience, Wayne State University, USA


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Fincham, Ben (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • The Sociology of Suicide — A Critical Appreciation

    Fincham, Ben (et al.)

    Pages 7-37

  • What is a Sociological Autopsy?

    Fincham, Ben (et al.)

    Pages 38-64

  • Suicide Case Files as Sites of Identity Creation

    Fincham, Ben (et al.)

    Pages 65-84

  • Suicide Notes as Social Documents

    Fincham, Ben (et al.)

    Pages 85-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Suicide
Book Subtitle
A Sociological Autopsy
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-31407-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230314078
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-58092-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-36891-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 203
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