Durkheim writes in his piece on suicide, that one of the reasons that suicide occurs is due to social economic factors. He explains that during times of economic hardships suicide rates tend to rise due to an individuals struggle to belong in his/her society. This piece in particular was interesting to read because i find this explanation to be very accurate. I had previously never thought of suicide as being related to society but rather a personal concept in which a given individual would be struggling with certain issues such as self esteem, family problems, marriage, school life ect. Yet as i kept reading this piece i couldnt help but think about the many suicides occuring during our recent stock market crash of 2008. I remember constantly hearing stories of what i thought were wealthy individuals committing suicide and not understanding why in my mind they were wealthy so they had nothing to worry about it was the middle/lower class that should be worried. I later realized these wealthy individuals were the ones used to the extravagant life styles, owned several homes which meant several morgages as well as expensive cars and clothes and these individuals were now the ones without a job failing to make payments for all of their properties. They were being swallowed up by the economic crisis that the country was suffering and saw no way out. This is the perfect example to Durkheims idea on suicide based on social issues.
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