SOCA01H3 Lecture Notes - Altruistic Suicide

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5 Dec 2010
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S durkheim: classical sociologist, frenchman, one of the founding fathers of sociology, showed impact of social forces on behaviour. S durkheim explores the differing suicide rates among protestants and catholics. S explaining that stronger social control among catholics results in lower suicide rates. S according to durkheim, people have a certain level of attachment to their groups, which he calls social integration. S abnormally high or low levels of social integration may result in increased suicide rates; low levels : high levels . S low social integration results in disorganized society, alienation and loneliness in the individual, causing people to turn to suicide as a last resort, S cause people to kill themselves to avoid becoming burdens on society, or because the social pressure becomes too great and oppressive. S according to durkheim, catholic society has normal levels of integration while.

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