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Chapter 1

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Fall 2010

Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCA01H3
Professor
Mc Kinon
Chapter
1

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CHAPTER 1: SUICIDE
SOCIOLOGY VIEW ON SUICIDE:
Emile Durkheim demonstrated that suicide is more than just an individual act of desperation as a result
of psychological disorder; it was strongly caused by SOCIAL FORCES.
More women were in mental asylums but four male suicides for every female suicide.
Jews had highest psychological disorder than any groups in France, but lowest suicide rate.
Suicide rates varied because of the differences in social solidarity: degree in which group members
share beliefs and values; the intensity & frequency of their interaction.
More beliefs + values= more interactions= MORE social solidarity. High social solidarity reduces
suicide risk.
Durkheim says suicide varies with the degree of integration of the social groups of which the
individual forms a part.
SOCIAL STRUCTURE
Social structure: Relatively stable patterns of social relations that affect our thoughts, feelings,
actions, and identity
Three levels of social structure:
Microstructures (patterns of intimate social relations formed during face-to-face interaction). Ex:
Families, friendship circles, and work associations
Macrostructures (patterns of social relations outside and above ones circle of intimates and
acquaintances) Ex: classes, bureaucracies, and power systems (e.g., patriarchy: inequality between
men and women).
Global structures (patterns of social relations outside and above the national level). Ex: international
organizations, patterns of worldwide travel and communication, and the economic relations between
countries.
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CHAPTER 1: SUICIDE SOCIOLOGY VIEW ON SUICIDE: Emile Durkheim demonstrated that suicide is more than just an individual act of desperation as a result of psychological disorder; it was strongly caused by SOCIAL FORCES. More women were in mental asylums but four male suicides for every female suicide. Jews had highest psychological disorder than any groups in France, but lowest suicide rate. Suicide rates varied because of the differences in social solidarity: degree in which group members share beliefs and values; the intensity & frequency of their interaction. More beliefs + values= more interactions= MORE social solidarity. High social solidarity reduces suicide risk. Durkheim says suicide varies with the degree of integration of the social groups of which the individual forms a par
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