Blog 1: Sometimes less is more

What is sacred to you? The answer to this question will vary depending on who you ask. Weber saw that those who committed to pursuing economic gain are less likely to be tied to a religion. When looking at the groups in our suicide analysis, white families are at the top of the chart when it comes to wealth and at the bottom when it comes to associating with a religion. When looking at our statistics it is clear that white males and white females are at the top of the suicide list; coincidence? I think not. These other groups in the statistics are usually a part of a smaller community and involved in a society where mechanical solidarity is present. When something goes wrong they have more of a support system and something to fall back on. On the other hand those who aren’t a part of a religion may feel a lack of integration into a social group, and are more likely to commit egoistic suicide. That same group prone to commit egoistic suicide is the same group who would likely answer my opening question with “Money” or “Success”.

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2 responses to “Blog 1: Sometimes less is more

  1. I agree with the statement that having a support system is very important. Various times when people have committed suicide it could have been prevented just by talking. Many times people truly just need someone to be there for them not necessarily for advice but more so just so listen to them. But in today’s world Money and Success have become very important to have. The values of a “American Dream ” have truly changed. the essence of family values and love have been long forgotten and now it has become all about being independent and growing to be someone even if the person ends up losing themselves or there identity in the process. I feel like the world and economy are to be blamed some what but also the fact that today people have lost value to what is important and whats not.

  2. Impressive effort at some meta-analysis, C, contrasting Weber and Durkheim on religion. A couple points of clarification. Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism was an attempt to explain what seemed like an anomaly — the fact that the early development of capitalism in northern, Protestant Europe *was* religiously motivated. This is anomalous because conventionally we imagine the pursuit of economic gain and spirituality/religion are at odds.

    On youth suicide, the latest data show that Latinas have the highest rates of attempted suicide, not white men or women.

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