Year: 1989 Source: New York: Bergin & Garvey Publishers, 1989. p.165-186 SIEC No: 19911143

This chapter discusses suicide as it exists within culture. Various cultural explorations of suicide are reviewed, including Durkheim’s. 2 aspects that encourage a positive evaluation of suicide are given, with examples drawn from Japanese customs such as seppuku. Examples of “masked” suicide from different cultures are given, in which an individual arranges to have himself killed while performing an act that is culturally approved. Reasons why masked suicide occurs is suggested. (54 refs.)