edited by W.S.F. Pickering and Geoffrey Walford
Durkheim'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. Whilst the subject of suicide exerts an intrinsic emotional fascination, Durkheim employed an empirical methodology that attempted to build on fact. This book examines the continuing importance of this work for sociologists today, and revisits some of the key issues explored. Written by world renowned Durkheim scholars, the wide-ranging chapters in this book cover such issues as: * the use of statistics * explanations of suicide * anomie * religion and the morality of suicide Together, these studies illustrate both the central importance of Suicide in the teaching of sociology, and the continuing relevance of Durkheim's focus on the moral base of society and the importance of the social when attempting to understand modern society. This book will therefore be of vital interest to any serious scholar of Durkheim's thought, and to the sociologist looking for a fresh methodological perspective.
Professor Philippe Besnard, Observatoire Sociologique du Changement, France Professor Robert A Jones Universityof Illinois, USA Professor Christie Davies, University of Reading, UK