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David Emile Durkheim

Suicide: A Study in Sociology

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Suicide: A Study in Sociology, 1951 [1897], Translated by John A. Spaulding & George Simpson, New York: The Free Press of Glenco.


From the Publisher:

Emile Durkheim's Suicide addresses the phenomenon of suicide and its social causes.  Written by one of the world's most influential sociologists, this classic argues that suicide primarily results from a lack of integration of the individual into society.  Suicide provides readers with an understanding of the impetus for suicide and its psychological impact on the victim, family, and society.

"Even for the psychoanalytically oriented reader this book holds more than historical interest.  One cannot help being impressed by the wealth of knowledge and the perspicacity revealed in it, there certainly have been few more compact presentations of socio-psychological problems....Psychoanalysts no less than sociologists will find the study of Durkheim's book instructive and rewarding.  The editor and translators are to be commended for making the work available in an excellent and remarkably lucid translation."
--Psychoanalytic Quarterly

Table of Contents:

Editor's Preface
Editor's Introduction

Book One: Extra-Social Factors

  1. Suicide and Psychopathic States
  2. Suicide and Normal Psychological States-- Race, Heredity
  3. Suicide and Cosmic Factors
  4. Imitation

Book Two: Social Causes and Social Types

  1. How to Determine Social Causes and Social Types
  2. Egoistic Suicide
  3. Egoistic Suicide (continued)
  4. Altruistic Suicide
  5. Anomic Suicide
  6. Individual Forms of the Different Types of Suicide

Book Three: General Nature of Suicide as a Social Phenomenon

  1. The Social Element of Suicide
  2. Relations of Suicide with Other Social Phenomena
  3. Practical Consequences



Further Explanation of Durkheim's "Suicide"