Durkeim's book on suicide, first published in 1897, is widely regarded as a classic text, and is essential reading for any student of Durkheim's thought and sociological method. This book examines the continuing importance of Durkheim's methodology. The wide-ranging chapters cover such issues as the use of statistics, explanation of suicide, anomie and religion and the morality of suicide. It will be of vital interest to any serious scholar of Durkheim's thought and to the sociologist looking for a fresh methodological perspective.
1. Introduction W.S.F. Pickering and Geoffrey Walford 2. Emile Durkheim's contribution to the sociological explanation of suicide Luigi Tomasi 3. The deconstruction of social action: the 'reversal' of Durkheimian methodology from The Rules to Suicide Mike Gane 4. Durkheim's altrusitic and fatalistic suicide after the first one hundred years Christie Davies and Mark Neal 5. Suicide, statistics and sociology: assessing Douglas' critique of Durkheim John Varty 6. Reading the conclusion: Suicide, morality and religion W.S.F. Pickering 7. The moral discourse of Durkheim's Suicide William Ramp 8. The fortunes of Durkheim's Suicide: reception and legacy Philippe Besnard 9. The reception of Suicide in Russia Alexander Gofman 10. Marriage and suicide: testing the Durkheimian theory of marital regulation a century later Philippe Besnard 11. Social integration and marital status: a multivariative individual level study of 30,157 suicides K.D. Breault and Augustine J. Kposowa 12. Teaching Durkheim's Suicide: a symposium Christie Davies, Mark Neal, John Varty, Geoffrey Walford, Robert Alun Jones and William Ramp