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HMHV 101 Durkheim Reading

by: Megan Kuzmack

HMHV 101 Durkheim Reading

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These notes cover the last portion of the reading about Durkheim's sociological study of suicide.
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Date Created: 08/07/16
Pages 35-56 Notes Preface -sociology is a new and exciting study at the time of his writing -sociology does not have the ability of other sciences to charge quickly toward solutions and understandings because the problems of sociology are not clearly cut -sociology’s main studies (up to this point) have been very broad and general because they are still in the stage of creating a system of research -more specific and objective studies will soon be necessary to make sociology into more than an additional form of philosophical literature -targeted research into specific aspects will still generate a broader understanding since most sociological factors are related -sociology must be studied as “reality external to the individual” -sociology is its own field separate from psychology because society is more than a collection of individuals Introduction- I -data can only be evaluated through comparison -sociological scientists must create separate classifications of groups along with separate definitions of ordinary terms (ex: suicide) to generate better data with less variability and room for interpretation -suicide is defined as the death brought about by either direct or indirect actions that the victim himself participated in, which the victim recognized will undoubtingly result in death -this could mean a variety of things (ex: self-inflicted gun wound, knowingly committing a crime with a capitol punishment, abusing drugs until death, etc.) -the question of intent: Should someone have the desire to die for it to be considered suicide? -no, if a person knows death is a consequence of his action, yet follows through with the act the death shall be ruled a suicide -the foreknowledge of death is easily ascertained by a sociologist as to limit the damage of assumption and uncertainity Introduction- II -suicide is a study of groups rather than individuals because the trends in the patterns of suicide reflect larger changes in the society -suicide takes on its own identity when studied in terms of groups (sui generis-the collective mind) rather than on an individual basis -more suicides occur in years of dramatic change (ex: 1848, year of “abrupt decline in all European states” was accompanied by a significantly higher rate of suicide) -suicide is measured in units of voluntary deaths/1 million people -Durkheim called this “the rate of mortality through suicide, characteristic of the society under consideration” -rate of suicide per society remained fairly stable over long periods of time, it was actually much more stable than the mortality rate in each society over the same periods of time -not all suicides are subject to study by a sociologist: only suicides whose origin may be the result of an action felt by all of society are -in studying these suicides, Durkheim hopes to -determine the nature of the social causes of suicide -determine how these causes produce such effects -eventually state precisely what connection these causes/factors have on suicide


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