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Bringing up the dead : revisiting the study of suicide in light of the youth problem

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Bringing up the dead : revisiting the study of suicide in light of the youth problem

Gagnon, Justin (2010) Bringing up the dead : revisiting the study of suicide in light of the youth problem. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

The study of suicide developed in the nineteenth century with the aim of understanding the phenomenon of suicide. Recently, however, the goal of understanding suicide has largely been abandoned and replaced with approaches concerned with suicide prevention. The emergence of youth suicide within the past few decades demands a return to the project of understanding suicide to make sense of this contemporary change. Research on suicide reveals a division between psychological and sociological approaches, and only a few works have sought to theoretically link them. Prompted by the lack of reconciliation of psychology and sociology, this investigation aims to bridge the gap between these disciplines. This is accomplished through a survey of literature illuminating various perspectives on suicide and a reflection on two approaches to the study of youth suicide that empirically link the individual and collective dimensions of study. The exploration of the convergence between these approaches provides insight into problems pertaining to youths' identity development and into features of contemporary reality.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Gagnon, Justin
Pagination:v, 123 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Dagnais, D
ID Code:979539
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:09 Dec 2014 18:01
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:49
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