Longitudinal effects of physical and social neighbourhood change on suicide mortality: A full population cohort study among movers and non-movers in the Netherlands

Associations between the residential neighbourhood environment and suicide mortality are well-established; however, most evidence is cross-sectional and not capable of incorporating place-based and residential moving-related neighbourhood changes. We studied how suicide mortality is associated with changes in the physical and social neighbourhood environment for movers and non-movers. Our retrospective analysis was based on longitudinal register data for […]

Socioeconomic inequalities of suicide: Sociological and psychological intersections

Suicide is complex; yet suicide research is dominated by ‘psy’ disciplines which can falter when seeking to explain social patterning of suicide rates, and how this relates to individual actions. This article discusses a multidisciplinary report which aimed to advance understandings of socioeconomic inequalities in suicide rates in the UK. Contrasts are drawn between health […]

The social pain model: Understanding suicide through evolutionary psychology.

Any explanation of human behavior that fails to take into consideration our evolutionary history is an explanation that can, at best, only answer part of the question. The following work attempts to illuminate a complex and often misunderstood behavior: suicide. In a letter to Robert Hooke, Sir Isaac Newton remarked, “if I have seen further, it […]

Issue brief: Social and emotional learning in Canada.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a framework for developing social and emotional competencies that is gaining interest in Canada and the United States. The purpose of this issue brief is to provide an overview of the field of social and emotional learning in Canada, particularly within the education system. It presents a concise synopsis of […]

The village effect: How face-to-face contact can make us healthier and happier.

Suicidology as a social practice.

Suicide has long been the subject of philosophical, literary, theological and cultural–historical inquiry. But despite the diversity of disciplinary and methodological approaches that have been brought to bear in the study of suicide, we argue that the formal study of suicide, that is, suicidology, is characterized by intellectual, organizational and professional values that distinguish it […]

Critical suicidology: Transforming research and prevention for the 21st century.

Traditional ways of understanding and preventing suicide are not working for everyone. In Critical Suicidology, a team of international scholars, practitioners, and people directly affected by suicide argue that the field of suicidology has become too focused on the biomedical paradigm: a model that pathologizes distress and obscures the social, political, and historical contexts that […]

Nobody Talks About Suicide, Except If They’re Kidding: Disenfranchised Grief, Coping Strategies, and Suicide Survivor Identity in Peer Suicide Grievers

In two parts.

Making Sense of a Senseless Act.

China accounts for an estimated 22% of global suicides, or roughly 200,000 deaths every year. In India, twice as many people took their own lives in 2010 as died from HIV/AIDS. By comparison, the World Health Organization estimates that suicides in high-income countries total only 140,000 a year. Suicide rates in Japan and South Korea, […]

Suicide as social control.

Suicide may be moralistic in nature-a response to conduct the perpetrator defines as deviant. Moralistic suicide can be explained with a general theory of social control. Donald Black’s theories of social control explain the handling of grievances with their social structure-or geometry-as defined by the social characteristics and relationships of those involved in a conflict. […]

The Social consequences of postcommunist structural change: an analysis of suicide trends in Eastern Europe.

Guided by Durkheim’s classic theory of suicide, this article examines suicide trends and determinants in Eastern European countries for the period of 1989-2006, with particular attention given to the association between postcommunist social change and suicide mortality. I find that countries characterized by more drastic structural change experienced increased suicide rates during the period immediately […]

Understanding suicide: a sociological autopsy.

Sociologists have debated suicide since the early days of the discipline. This book assesses that body of work and breaks new ground through a qualitatively-driven, mixed method ‘sociological autopsy’ of one hundred suicides that explores what can be known about suicidal lives.

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 […]

Book Review-The Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention: a Global Perspective, edited by D Wasserman & C Wasserman

The reviewer notes that this textbook “covers all important aspects concerning suicide & suicidal behaviors, including numerous examples of the challenges in this field & tools needed to achieve the ultimate goal, namely, suicide prevention”. He says it is “an excellent resource to be used by researchers, clinicians and professionals working in all fields related […]

“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 […]

Ways of Pastmaking


Book Review-African Homicide and Suicide, by P Bohannan


Book Review-Suicide: a Sociological and Statistical Study, by L I Dublin


Apocalyptic Suicide: From a Pathological to an Eschatological Interpretation


Suicidal Behaviour and Cognitive Problem Solving Therapy: Theory, Application and Review

Book Review-Comprehending Suicide: Landmarks in 20th Century Suicidology, by E S Shneidman


A Durkheimian Network Theory

This article sets out to reconstruct a Durkheimian network theory that is derived from Durkheim’s own writings & the sociological literature that considers their relationship to network theory. Secondly, it seeks to show how this Durkheimian network theory is compatible with, & may contribute to, contemporary network theory & fields of inquiry to which network […]

Book Review-Marx on Suicide, ed. by E A Plaut and K Anderson