Emile Durkheim's Suicide

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Following Durkheim’s rationale, I would predict that the suicide rate for Jewish women in the USA in 1990 is higher than that for Jewish women in France in 1890. Durkheim claims that suicide rate varies in inverse proportion to the degree of social integration, or the force of the collective values upon individuals. According to him, the greater the autonomy of each individual, the looser he is bound to the society, and the more likely it is for him to commit suicide because human activities have a social origin and hence a collective purpose, without which there is no meaning for human activities (214-215). Consequently, in a community where men are completely subsumed under an "identical body of doctrine" (159), where the collective social
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