SOCA01H3 Lecture : Lecture 2

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Applying the sociological perspective: social solidarity and anomie. Purpose: to show that suicide rates are powerfully affected by social relations. Suicide appears to be an anti-social, nonsocial individual act: When durkheim examined the relationship between suicide rates and rate of psychological disorder for various groups he studied he expected to find high rates of psychological disorder accompanied by high rates of suicides. Instead he found that jews have one of the highest psychological disorder rates and one of the lowest suicide rates, clearly there must be another factors affecting suicide rates and decrease with social anomie increase with rates. Social solidarity: indicated by the number of social supports you have. Variables: family ties, # of friends you could tell anything too, memberships in groups,(volunteering, church, orgs) Anomie: normlessness, not the same as alienation, not knowing how to behave in a situation. Moving, new job, new school, being fired, divorce, death of someone, market crash,

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