SOC100H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination, Scientific Revolution, Industrial Revolution

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Sociology: the systematic study of human behavior in social context. Suicide seems to be an anti-social act society condemns it, it is committed in private, and it is rare. Sociology strives to view the social aspects of this seemingly nonsocial act of selfishness. Emile durkheim: demonstrated that suicide is more than just an individual act of desperation that results from psychological disorder, as was commonly believed showed that suicide rates are strongly influenced by social forces. Society thinks that psychological disorder causes suicide. More women than men are in nut houses but 4 male suicides occur for ever female suicide. Jews highest rate of psychological disorder but lowest suicide rate: psych disorders occur most when people reach maturity but suicide increases with advancing age. Married adults half as likely as unmarried adults. Women less likely than man more involved in social relations. Jews less likely than christians prosecution turn into group more defensive and tightly knit.

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