Year: 1990 Source: Philadelphia, PA: The Charles Press, 1990. p.225-236 SIEC No: 19950398

Most works in the sociology of suicide fit into one of two traditions: “scientific” sociology which seeks to explain suicidal behaviour in terms of various social behaviours, or a sociological approach which uses interpretive methodologies to explore how the meanings of suicidal actions are constructed & applied in given empirical situations. Taylor outlines the major characteristics & limitations of each approach & then, reassessing Durkheim’s theory, suggests questions that should be asked.