february 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm
I believe if Durkheim was alive today he would question and wonder if these students had any social solidarity. Actually he would say these students are headed for suicide, because of lack of social solidarity. Durkheim believed after careful and extensive research, individuals such as these students were probably suffering from what he considered one of two (social separations). “Egoism” refers to the lack of integration of the individual in the social group, which will result to egoistic suicide. It is the pathological weakening of the bonds between the individual and the social group. The lack of the integration was evident in that there are higher rates of suicide among single persons. A lot of the students who sort on campus therapy were probably freshman who were away from home for the first time. They probably did not make any solid friends. The clubs on campus were probably intimidating to some extent. Also, freshman are the low man on the totem pole. So those particular student were traditionally harassed as freshman. All these factors add to the stress of school work, new environment and low self esteem. Other advance students probably haven’t found their social footing yet, maybe feeling like a small fish in a big pond or the typical cliques that occurs in all walks of life at any age. Durkheim would definitely say these students are headed for suicide.