Durkheim 's Theory Of Suicide Theory Essay

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Adding to Durkheim 's Suicide Theory: Different Perspectives from Other Sociologists Durkheim had spent many years working on his theory of suicide. Durkheim felt that when individuals do not know what they are expected to do, they were at a higher risk to commit suicide. He also felt that if individuals had too much freedom or not enough freedom they were also at a higher risk of suicide as well. Sociologists from around the world saw that there were many flaws in Durkheim’s theory of suicide. What Durkheim did not mention in his original theory of suicide that other sociologists found and pointed these findings out, so that others would be aware of it. From taking a different approach to Durkheim’s theory of suicide, this paper will show the differences in conflicts with his theory, while adding more to Durkheim’s theory of suicide from the views of different sociologists’ perspectives. Decades after Durkheim’s book, Le Suicide, research has challenged his theory of suicide. With all the research that has been done to prove that suicide cannot be generalized, as Durkheim has stated in his book. With the media publicizing celebrity’s “suicides and a spike in the aggregate suicide rate,” (Abrutyn & Mueller, 2014) the mass suicide attempts by groups or cults, and the suicidal ideas and behaviors that individuals are exposed too daily, Durkheim’s suicide theory needed new information. Gabriel Tarde’s theory or “laws” became formalized into testable theses, while future
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