SOC101Y1 Lecture Notes - Altruistic Suicide, Solidarity, List Of Sovereign States By Suicide Rate

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UTSG
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Sociology
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SOC101Y1
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SOC101Y1 9/12/2012 10:01:00 AM
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Suicide (book)
-Suicide is the most anti social act possible.
you kill society through yourself
rate of suicide is a function, not of state of mind but of social state
-Woman suffer from twice the rate of eurospenia but men are 3
times more likely to commit suicide
rate is highest in non-protestants
-lack of correlation through phsyc. Distress and suicide
people are embedded in social relationships but the nature of the social
relations causes one in social distress may incline one to commit suicide or
not,
-Social solidarity according to Durkheim: a group’s level of social
solidarity is determined by the frequency, which its members
interact, and the degree to which they share beliefs, values and
morals. Suicide rates are lowest at intermediate levels of social
solidarity and highest at low and high levels of social solidarity.
Differentiates in diff social groups. Ex protestant groups are
individualized and they are more likely to commit suicide
-Shared morality and social values lowers suicide risk
Read about the diff kinds of social solidarity
Egoistic suicide and anomic suicide --- altruistic suicide (for the
good of others) (ex. To protect someone you die)
As social solidarity increases so does the suicide rate, as it
decreases so does suicide.
Suicide rate is low when there is intermediate social solidarity
Durkheim sees how forms of disorder can be dealt worth through
policy makers
To lower suicide and crime in this society would be to create free
daycare, it would help to create solidarity and discipline.
Policies that would help deal with issues of interest
Discipline aimed to support human welfare
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Explanations of how people behave in social science we test our
theories, systematically, not like in science when it’s “ x happened
because of y”
Figure integrar nature god controls nature, which influences the
human being etc.
In all of sharespeare plays something is out of order cause people
to act the certain way, (Romeo and Juliet = star-crossed lovers)
3 revolutions took place before the sociological imagination
- Scientific (16th) evidence to substantiate theories
-Democratic revolution (18th) human action can change society
- Industrial revolution (19th) gave sociologists their subject matter
(caused great poverty, diminished worked rights)
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CULTURE 9/12/2012 10:01:00 AM
Culture
o what we invent to problem solve
o Hero’s aeolopile steam engine
o Eventually became part of our culture when there was a need
for it
Ex. Superstition doesn’t become part of our culture until it becomes
a practice
o The atanasoff- Berry digital computer, 1939, insignificant until
there was a need for it during world war 2
o We are blind to our own culture because we rarely think
about it
Ethnocentrism- involves judging other cultures exclusively by the
standards of ones own. It impairs our viewing of other cultures
Culture Relativism- the belief that all elements of all cultures
should be respected as equally valid
o Human dignity, equality, justice transcends through all
cultures but where should the line be drawn?
o Cliterectomy, should the line be drawn
Pink Floyd’s “another brick in the wall”
o Portrays culture as a mechanism that constrains us
(education as thought control which makes children just
another brick inn the wall)
o Culture is “two faced” it also sets us free
Rationalization
o Is the application of the most efficient means to achieve given
goals and the often-unintended negative consequences of
doing so.
Bureaucracy
o is a large impersonal organization composed of many clearly
defined positions arranged in hierarchy. It has a permanent
salaried staff of qualified experts and written goals, rules and
procedure. Staff members strive to achieve goals efficiently
o ex. University of Toronto is a bureaucracy
Consumerism
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Suicide is the most anti social act possible. you kill society through yourself. Rate of suicide is a function, not of state of mind but of social state. Woman suffer from twice the rate of eurospenia but men are 3 times more likely to commit suicide rate is highest in non-protestants. Distress and suicide people are embedded in social relationships but the nature of the social relations causes one in social distress may incline one to commit suicide or not, Social solidarity according to durkheim: a group"s level of social solidarity is determined by the frequency, which its members interact, and the degree to which they share beliefs, values and morals. Suicide rates are lowest at intermediate levels of social solidarity and highest at low and high levels of social solidarity. Ex protestant groups are individualized and they are more likely to commit suicide. Shared morality and social values lowers suicide risk. Read about the diff kinds of social solidarity.

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