Women’s Fatalistic Suicide in Iran. a Partial Test of Durkheim in an Islamic Republic


Altruism and Fatalism: the Characteristics of Palestinian Suicide Terrorists

The present analysis aims to discover who Palestinian suicide terrorists are, & what drives them to commit these acts. The analysis relies on the concepts of altruistic & fatalistic suicide from Durkheim’s typology of suicide behavior. The authors argue that based on a newly established database compiled for this purpose, Palestinian suicide terrorists from 1993 […]

Suicide in the Lodz Ghetto During World War Two

Data on suicidal behaviour among the Jews confined by the Nazis in the Lodz Ghetto in 1941 & 1942 are reported. The suicide rate was extremely high, increasing from 21.6 per 100,000 per year in 1941 to 84.6 in 1942. The epidemiology of suicide in the Lodz Ghetto is described, including a spring peak & […]

The Impact of the Reunification of Germany on the Suicide Rate

The central finding of this paper is that the suicide rate in East Germany declined by about 1/3 after the reunification of Germany. The suicide rate in West Germany declined by 1/4. Possibly the political liberation and the drop in fatalistic suicide, accounts for this decline in suicide rates.

Suicidal Behavior in African-American Slaves

Reports of suicides by African-American slaves are reviewed, and rates calculated from the available data. Severe punishment appeared to be the most common precipitant for suicide, and explanations for the possible variation in suicide rates by status are proposed. (56 refs.)

Primo Levi’s Suicide Note (IN: On Suicide: Great Writers on the Ultimate Question, edited by J Miller)

In this 1988 essay, Ozick examines the writer Primo Levi’s unusual suicide note – his last novel, “The Drowned and the Saved”. Levi’s previous works are notable for their detachment from the events he experienced in Auschwitz. Ozick argues that in his last novel Levi expresses the rage that he had suppressed for so long.

Shame (IN: On Suicide: Great Writers on the Ultimate Question, edited by J Miller)

Levi discusses that while many claim that after a time of great suffering comes joy, he suggests that anguish continues even after the suffering ends. Excerpts from those who had been released after years of WWII concentration camps are given; contrary to what may be expected, these people were unhappy & felt shame upon their […]

Totalitarianism and Fatalistic Suicide

This study is bases on the premise that totalitarian societies may cause fatalistic suicides & homicides. The author examines the government sanctions of a number of industrialized countries, & found that government sanctions were related to homicide rates, but not to suicide rates. These results contest Stack’s theory of fatalistic suicide, but collaborate Henry & […]

Towards a Theory of Suicide: The Case for Modern Fatalism

This paper exlores the relationship between fatalism & suicide in a population of youthful victims. Content analysis of case histories & suicide notes was conducted for 132 individuals between the ages of 12 & 34. Almost 1/3 of the youthful suicide victims were found to have experienced fatalistic thought-ways prior to their death. A model […]

The Last Moments of Life: Learning to Cope

This study examines fatalism as a dominant factor in youth suicide. Data was obtained from a larger study that utilized official suicide records from a medical examiner’s office in a large U.S. city. Content analysis of 132 suicide notes indicated that 43 contained elements of fatalism; excerpts from 10 notes are examined. In contrast to […]

Suicide of Elderly Japanese

Why are Suicides of Young Blacks Increasing?

Altruistic Suicide: A Subjective Approach

This paper has a twofold objective: to present a critical review of Durkheim’s analysis of altruism, deriving therefrom some tenets that would contribute to a new framework for analyzing the behaviour of altruistic suicide; & to illustrate the efficacy of the suggested framework with an historical investigation of the suicide of chaste females recorded in […]

Fatalistic Suicide Resulting From Adaption to an Asymmetrical sex Ratio

Durkheim’s Theory of Fatalistic Suicide: A Cross-National Approach

A neglected area of Durkheim’s theory of suicide is the part where he deals with the opposite of egoistic suicide-suicide resulting from overregulation. The present paper operationalized overregulation in political terms. A regression analysis using U.N. data on 45 nations found that indicators of totalitarianism were significantly related to the rate of suicide independent of […]