Suicide : A Study Of Sociology By Emile Durkheim Essay

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The book, Suicide: A Study in Sociology by Emile Durkheim (1898), examines the likelihood of someone committing suicide based on the different levels of regulation and integration of an individual to society. Therefore, the different sections of this essay will not only examine one of Durkheim’s four different types of suicide, but will also seek to provide modern day examples of each of the different the types. Along with that, it will seek to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Durkheim’s framework, through the lenses of Max Atkinson, Jack Douglas and Stefan Timmermans. To begin with, the first type of suicide Durkheim discusses is egoistic suicide. According to Durkheim, egoistic suicide “results from lack of integration of the individual into society” (14). Therefore, behind this suicide type lays the ideas that individuals are are not well incorporated into a social group, this in turn tends to generate a sense of loneliness, an isolation where individuals have low or no connections to society. With that in mind, a modern day example of this would be those young adults who commit suicide as a result of being bullied. In this example, it was the disapproval of their presence, and the labeling of “otherness” that created a space for people not only to dislike them, but also to harass and tease them, which produced a division leaving those that do not fit with the expectations out of the picture. It is the bullying that labels individuals based on their flaws not on…

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