February 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm
Durkheim would consider the young Latinas suicide rate as anomie. Anomie suicide refers to the lack of moral regulation. It is the pathological result of a lack of moral direction, when one feels morally adrift. Latinos for the most part are Catholics. As we know there is a high rate of white male who are Protestants who commit suicide, but why are these Catholic Latinas committing suicide at an alarming rate, since there is so much support and collectiveness in the Catholic church during worship and other spiritual gathering? Keep in mind Catholics don’t believe in abortion, birth control nor premarital sex. Often these Latina girls are often first generation american born. The pressure they are under is astounding. They have to adhere to their religion and the guilt that comes with that. Being an interpreter for their parents or even the whole language barrier they often face is isolating, Also the whole machismo male dominance of the Hispanic community, which leads to teen domestic violence, which is prevalent to that culture. Add to the aforementioned, Latinos are on the low end of the socioeconomic and educational ladder. Unlike Asians, whose parents apply pressure with all good intentions upon their children to academically succeed, the same pressure is not applied to the Latina. Also with the Asian culture reputation is important. One of the worst things a child or any family member can do is to shame the family. In the Hispanic community, such pressures are not as prevalent or important. When a baby comes, it’s welcomed. The baby adds pressure, lack of education ostracizes the Latina from her peers. Weight is another issue in the Hispanic culture, like African American women, hispanic woman battle with the bulge as well, which adds pressure and isolation. The western standard of beauty does not help the matter. All of these pressures, cultural traditions, society pressures and rules, peer pressure and of course, let’s not forget racism and sexism all contributes to suicide among Latinas. Durkheim would classify the high suicide rate as Anomie. These young girls have been thrust into more social pressure that can mentally break an adult, no less a child. The feeling of being anchorless from peers and society can also contribute to suicide. The feelings that these young girls get of not knowing what to do and how to act is a state of “anomie.”. .