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Malcolm Mac Kinnon

SOCIOLOGY LECTURE NOTES: Lecture 1: Sucide Social structure: Relatively stable patterns of social relations that affect our thoughts, feelings, actions, and identity 3 levels of social structure: 1. Microstructures patterns of intimate social relations formed during face- to-face interaction 2. Macrostructures patterns of social relations outside and above ones circle of intimates and acquaintances 3. Global structures patterns of social relations outside and above the national level Social Integration: the movement of minority groups such as ethnic minorities, refugees and underprivileged sections of a society into the mainstream of society JUDISM: C ATHOLICISM: PROTESTANTISM: SUICIDE INTERMEDIATE SUICIDE SUICIDE Sociological perspective illustrated through considering causes of suicide Suicide often regarded as a supremely antisocial and non-social act Yet there are hidden social causes of suicide Emile Durkheim: th At end of 19 century, demonstrated suicide rates were strongly influenced by social forces Examined association between rates of suicide and rates of psychological disorder for different groups Found suicide rates and rates of psychological disorder did not vary directly, and often appeared to vary inversely argued suicide rates varied as result of differences in degree of social solidarity in different categories of the population
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