Book Review-Books Reconsidered: “Suicide, A Study in Sociology”: Emile Durkheim
Symonds R L
This review highlights Durkheim’s main arguments in his book Le suicide. Durkheim’s argument that suicide could only be prevented by altering the structure of society is discussed. Durkheim’s 3 main reasons for suicide — egoism, altruism & anomy — are given, as well as examples & statistics to defend his assertions. Fatalistic suicide, Durkheim’s fourth reason for suicide, is also explained. Suicide is related to family, religion, culture & economic structure of a country.