Theory Of Suicide By Durkheim

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David Emile Durkheim was a well known French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher. He is acknowledged for his establishment of social theory which views sociology as a natural science subject to empirical study. His book “suicide” was one of the most prominent books in the field of sociology. In this book he speaks about how the suicide rate differs among the Protestants and Catholics saying that there is less number of suicides among the Catholics as they have stronger social control. According to Durkheim, Catholics are more open to the idea of accepting new member in the society as compare to the Protestants. There were two criticisms for this interpretation. Firstly, the data that he collected were from early researchers and secondly this was only limited to the German speaking Europe. But despite its limitations his theory was one of the…show more content…
They feel isolated from the society and this pushes them to kill themselves. Despite being it an individual act its root is society. Hence, it is a social phenomenon. This is borne out of the fact that those who kill themselves are old people. Old age can bring both suicide and depression. Studies have shown that older people show less social interaction and more depression. For older people, their social circle has become lesser and sometimes they do not have anyone to talk to for one whole day. This can lead to depression as man is a social animal and he need the companionship of others for survival. The fact that they have to go out sometimes like to churches give them the opportunity to mingle with other people hence this will avoid depression which leads to suicide among the elders. The fact that an individual feels alone in the society may lead to depression and at the end lead to suicide. This clearly shows that suicide is a social phenomena and how much society influences the life of an

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