Year: 1991 Source: British Journal of Sociology, v.42, no.2, (June 1991), p.273-288 SIEC No: 19911130

The authors argue that Durkheim’s interpretation of the evidence on historical attitudes toward suicide is erroneous. They survey historical evidence from classical times to the 19th century & 19th century “moral statistics” literature & they also analyze Durkheim’s theory of anomic suicide. An alternative interpretation of the history of attitudes toward suicide is presented, along with a different framework in which to highlight the significance of these attitudes today. (55 refs.)