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Type 2: Altruistic Suicide

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B. Type 2: Altruistic suicide
Altruistic Suicide happens when suicide considered heroic. It is when society takes control of an individual so tightly that it owns their ego. The individual spirit joins with the societal spirit and can create a sense of duty.
The most common occurrence is one involved with a military or war of some sort, such as the ancient samurai. It occurs when one believes the purpose of their existence is beyond their lifetime. This suicide is opposite from egoistic suicide. Instead of feeling lost and alone, one has been integrated into society so well that they actually yield to sacrifice. Though this suicide is still caused by unhappiness, there is more of a sense of duty or honor attributed to it.
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Durkheim identified this type with the ongoing industrial revolution, which eroded traditional social regulators and often failed to replace them. Industrial goals of wealth and property were insufficient in providing happiness, as was demonstrated by higher suicide rates among the wealthy than among the poor.
Acute domestic anomie: sudden changes on the micro social level resulted in an inability to adapt and therefore higher suicide rates. Widowhood is a prime example of this type of anomie.
Chronic domestic anomie: referred to the way marriage as an institution regulated the sexual and behavioral means-needs balance among men and women. Marriage provided different regulations for each, however. Bachelors tended to commit suicide at higher rates than married men because of a lack of regulation and established goals and expectations. On the other hand, marriage has traditionally served to overregulate the lives of women by further restricting their already limited opportunities and goals. Unmarried women, therefore, do not experience chronic domestic anomie nearly as often as do unmarried men.
“The second reason was more philosophical: Veronika read the newspapers, watched TV, and she was aware of what was going on in the world. Everything was wrong, and she had no way of putting things right—that gave her a sense of complete powerlessness.”(p.
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