Year: 1970 Source: Western Canadian Journal of Anthropology, v.2, no.1, (1970), p.180-203 SIEC No: 19860187

This study is based on 1969-70 research among the White Mountain Apaches of east-central Arizona. The hypothesis that no matter what form of pathological behavior occurs, the response of the affected social system will be either tolerance or intolerance, was supported. The hypothesis that the degree of disruptiveness or harm created by the act determines society’s response was not strongly supported in the case of suicide: the perpetrator cannot be punished, yet he punishes his antagonists.