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Sociology 1020 Lecture Notes - The Sociological Imagination, Auguste Comte, Talcott Parsons


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC 1020
Professor
Michael Haight

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Durkheim’s Contribution
Durkheim argued suicide rates varied as result of differences in degree of
social solidarity in different categories of the population.
Social solidarity refers to:the degree to which group members share
beliefs and values; andthe intensity and frequency of their interaction.
Map of Suicide Rates
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Durkheim’s Theory of Suicide
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Suicide in Canada Today
Suicide among youth has increased substantially since the 1960s.
Shared moral principles and strong social ties have eroded since the early
1960s:
Religious participation has decreased among youth.
Unemployment is up especially for youth.
Children are more often brought up in single- parent
families now than in the past.
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Youth Suicide in Canada
The level of social solidarity is now lower than it was just a few decades
ago.