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A Durkheimian Theorization of Scottish Suicide Rates, 2011–2017

School of Education and Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland G72 0LH, UK
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(10), 274; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8100274
Received: 22 July 2019 / Revised: 23 September 2019 / Accepted: 27 September 2019 / Published: 29 September 2019
This article examines recent aggregate statistical data generated by Scottish Government medical bodies concerning suicide rates and the social contexts of those who die by suicide. It compares rates and trends with international studies. Inherent in the data sets explored are indications suggesting that suicide is patterned by variables such as gender, employment, class and marital status. Neoliberalism increases social disparities that influence patterns of suicide, resulting in anomie and alienation, disproportionately impacting the already disenfranchised. Using recent statistical data (2011–2017), the article offers a theorization of suicide through the lens of Emile Durkheim’s social causation model of suicide. Suicide is associated with risk factors inherent in social structures and political processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Durkheim; gender; social structure; suicide; neoliberalism; Scotland Durkheim; gender; social structure; suicide; neoliberalism; Scotland
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Holligan, C.; McLean, R. A Durkheimian Theorization of Scottish Suicide Rates, 2011–2017. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 274.

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