The Idea of Suicide: Contagion, Diffiusion, and Cultural Imitation

1st Edition

Michael J. Kral

June 7, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9780367026592 - CAT# K405021
Series: Researching Social Psychology


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This book is about a new theory of suicide as cultural mimesis, or as an idea that is internalized from culture. Written as part of a new, critical focus in suicidology, this volume moves away from the dominant, strictly scientific understanding of suicide as the result of a mental disorder, and towards positioning suicide as an anthropologically salient, community-driven phenomenon. Written by a leading researcher in the field, this volume presents a conception of suicide as culturally scripted, and it demonstrates how suicide becomes a cultural idiom of distress that for some can become a normative option.

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