Situating suicide as an anthropological problem: Ethnographic approaches to understanding self-harm and self-inflicted death.

More than a century after DurkheimÕs sociological classic placed the subject of suicide as a concern at the heart of social science, ethnographic, cross-cultural analyses of what lie behind peopleÕs attempts to take their own lives remain few in number. But by highlighting how the ethnographic method privileges a certain view of suicidal behaviour, we […]

Seeking to escape the suffering of existence: Internet suicide in Japan.

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Understanding Suicide: why we Don’t and how we Might

This book highlights theoretical & methdological challenges in suicidology. The contributions that each of the major disciplines have made are discussed & an overview of research & theories in some typical areas is provided. Drawing from this, specific recommendations are made as to what can be done in the future to advance knowledge of suicide […]

Reflections on Violence and Suicide in South Yorkshire: (Dis-)United Kingdom

This paper addresses the personal consequences attendant upon the post-Thatcher neo-liberal restructuring of the British economy. Its focus is upon the way that increased economic insecurity created a range of personally encountered problems, which constitute the most immediate sense of being-in-a-world so disclosed. It tries to cast light upon the increased anonymous violence that is […]

Suicide in Post-Socialist Countries: Examples From Hungary and Belarus

The author evaluated suicide in Hungary & Belarus based on informants’ or consultants’ comments, evaluation, & opinions. The author suggests suicide can be explained by political, economic, & psychological factors. He also suggests Bateson’s (1972) double bind theory might help to understand why some suicides might occur in socialist & post-socialist countries at a higher […]

Suicide Among Indigenous Peoples. The Usefulness of the Human Relations Area Files

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Aboriginal Language Knowledge and Youth Suicide

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Perceptions of Mental Health Among Recently Immigrated Mexican Adolescents

This study explored the health-related perceptions of Mexican-origin immigrant adolescents to inform the design of culturally & developmentally appropriate mental health services. This focused ethnography was guided by Bronfenbrenner’s ecological framework & symbolic interactionism. 14 adolescents were recruited from 2 non-health based community settings. 3 thematic categories were delineated: mentally healthy, mentally unhealthy, & promoting […]

Uncultural Behavior: an Anthropological Investigation of Suicide in the Southern Philippines

This anthropological study is on the Palawan culture & society in the southern Philippines. Part One discusses the Kulbi-Kenipaqan River basin & its people; material culture & the symbolic structure of everyday life; social organization, the spiritual world of the Kulbi people; & personhood, emotions, & moral values. Part Two includes chapters on Sumling’s death, […]

Suicide and Culture

The aim of this essay is to present an overview of some of the topics & issues which are present in the interaction of suicide & culture. Topics discussed include: societal & cultural suicide rates; culture & the individual suicide; the impact of a changing culture; the assumption of cultural invariability; subcultures; gender, class, & […]

“Just Like the Qing Empire”: Internet Addiction, MMOGs, and Moral Crisis in Contemporary China

This article examines discourse about Internet addictions & video game-related suicide in China. Through an analysis of media reports, interview transcripts, & chat rooms, a preliminary account of the origins of contemporary Chinese concerns with Internet addiction is provided. The study approach draws on anthropological & sociological models of the cultural constructions of social problems […]

Tears, Trauma and Suicide: Everyday Violence Among Street Youth in Puebla, Mexico

Despite considerable ethnographic research with young people in street situations & a growing interest in violence, little attention has been paid to suicide. The occurrence of suicide is a dramatic event that reveals weaknesses in support systems established by governments & civil society organisations, as well as perceived failings of friends. While an interest in […]

Suicide: Some Transcultural Psychiatric Aspects

This article examines the manner in which social structural & cultural variables will tend to cause one or another unconscious factor to be dominant or to determine differences in rates & form of suicide between groups or within groups. Specifically, it is suggested that it is the complex interrelationship between child-rearing patterns, adult role expectations, […]

Farmer Suicides in India: the Role of Psychiatry and Anthropology

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Suicide in a Cultural History Perspective, Part 3. Other Cultures

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Book Review-African Homicide and Suicide, by P Bohannan

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Managing Emotions, Intimacy, and Relationships in a Volunteer Search and Rescue Group

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Islam, Castoriadis and Autonomy

Spiritual Perspectives on Suicidal Impulses in Young Adults (IN: Spirituality and Psychological Health, ed. by R H Cox, B Ervin-Cox and L Hoffman)

Urug: an Anthropological Investigation on Suicide in Palawan, Philippines

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Health Professionals’ Perspectives of Suicide in Taiwan

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The Anthropology of Adolescent Risk-Taking Behaviours

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Modernization as Changes in Cultural Complexity: new Cross-Cultural Measurements