On Suicide (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)

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By Emile Durkheim, Robin Buss (Translator), Richard Sennett (Introduction by)
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The landmark investigation into suicide and society?now in a new translation

mile Durkheim, one of the fathers of modern sociology, was the first to suggest that suicide might be as much a response to society as an act of individual despair. When he looked at social, religious, or racial groups that had high incidences of suicide, he discovered that abnormally high or low levels of social integration increase the likelihood of suicide. More than a century after its initial publication, Durkheim's groundbreaking work continues to fascinate and challenge those seeking to understand one of the least understandable of human acts.

About the Author

Robin Buss is a writer and translator who works for theIndependent on Sunday and as television critic for The Times Educational Supplement. He studied at the University of Paris, where he took a degree and a doctorate in French literature. He is part-author of the article 'French Literature' in Encyclopaedia Britannica and has published critical studies of works by Vigny and Cocteau, and three books on European cinema, The French Through Their Films (1988), Italian Films (1989) and French Film Noir (1994). He has also translated a number of volumes for Penguin Classics.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140449679
ISBN-10: 0140449671
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: June 26th, 2007
Pages: 450
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics