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Revisiting Suicide
From a Socio-Psychological Lens

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ISBN 9780367480738
November 8, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge India
200 Pages - 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a socio-psychological enquiry of the phenomenon of suicide in the Indian context. It addresses the rising trend of suicides across the world and through case studies explores its primary reasons, the after-effects on survivors and families, and measures to prevent them.

The volume focuses on deciphering the social and psychological meanings associated with suicide. Through an examination of psycho-social autopsies of numerous cases, it highlights the patterns and trends which emerge around mental well-being, suicide, and bereavement. It examines the primary roadblocks for robust suicide prevention measures and provides great insights into behavioral and personality categories and their relationship with suicide.

Offering theoretical and empirical perspectives on the issue of suicide and self-harm, this book will be of interest to students, researchers, and faculty of behavioral sciences, psychology, social anthropology, demography, criminology, social work and sociology. It will also be an essential read for psychologists and counselors, policy makers, NGOs, CSOs, legal experts and media personnel working in the area of suicide prevention and research.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Suicide as a Phenomenon: Placing the Study in Context 2. Suicide Risk: Actors and Factors 3. Psychological and Sociological Autopsy: Making the Paradigm Explicit 4. Demystifying Suicide: Insights from Primary Research 5. Way Forward: Implications for Policy and Interventions

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Kanchan Bharati is Assistant Professor, at the Centre for Culture and Development, Vadodara. For a year she worked as Academic Associate at the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru. She completed her higher education in the field of Sociology and Social Gerontology. She has authored, co-authored papers on ageing and other socially relevant issues in important Journals, edited books and co-edited, Marriage and Divorce in India: Shifting Concepts and Changing Practices (2019) with Lancy Lobo.

Lancy Lobo holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology and a Doctoral degree in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. He has authored, co-authored and edited over 60 articles in professional journals, 20 books, and scores of mimeographs based on research over 40 years. He has been a professor and the Director of Centre for Social Studies, based in Surat, an institute under the Indian Council of Social Science Research Delhi. He was an International Visiting Fellow at the Woodstock Centre, Georgetown University, Washington DC in the year 1999-2000. He is the founder director of Centre for Culture and Development, Vadodara which is completing 15 years. Some of his publications include, with Jayesh Shah (eds.), The Legacy of Nehru: Appraisal and Analysis (2018), with A.M. Shah and Lancy Lobo (eds.) Essays on Suicide and Self-Immolation (2018), with Kanchan Bharati (eds.), Marriage and Divorce in India: Changing Concepts and Practices (2019), with Jayesh Shah, How People Vote? Civic Literacy and Political Participation (2019).

Jayesh Shah is working as a Research Consultant at the Centre for Culture and Development, Vadodara. He also holds post-graduate diplomas in Industrial Relations, Labour Laws, Organization Behaviour, Clinical Psychology and Computer Science. He has served as Chief Executive Officer in a leading international company for more than ten years. Earlier he worked as freelance Management Consultant for more than 10 years in Gujarat. He has conducted extensive research on labour, employment and industry in his career. Some of his publications include, with Lancy Lobo, How People Vote? Civic Literacy and Political Participation (2019), with Lancy Lobo, Gujaratna Shalakiya Sikshanno Xray (Gujarati) (2019), with Lancy Lobo (eds.), The Legacy of Nehru: Appraisal and Analysis (2018), with Lancy Lobo (eds.), Democracy in India: Current Debates and Emerging Challenges (2017).