Lecture 1 9/12/0120
- Around 1200 people commit suicide every year in Canada
- Emile Durkheim Theory of Suicide 1
o Men commit 3 to 4 times of suicide then women
o The nature of social relation = social solidarity
o Social solidarity
It is determined by the frequency with which its members interact and the
degree to which they share beliefs, values, and morals.
Suicide rate are lowest at intermediate levels of social solidarity and highest at
low and high levels of social solidarity
Unmarried people are more likely to commit suicide then people who are
The people who are more socially interactive are more likely to resist suicide
Why the rate of suicide varies in different categories of the population
Sociologists do not focus on the psychological perspective, rather they try to
explain all the possible aspects by looking at the people social relations.
Altruistic suicide = do something good to help others than yourself
Egoistic and anomic suicide = Self-centered/selfish
To help prevent egoistic and anomic types of suicide we need to create a system
of accessible, inexpensive, high quality day care for children.