Farewell to the World: A History of Suicide

Farewell to the World: A History of Suicide

Lucinda Byatt

What drives somebody to take his or her personal existence? Why could anyone be keen to strap a bomb to himself and stroll right into a crowded market, blowing himself up whilst he kills and maims the folk round him? Does suicide or ‘voluntary dying’ have an analogous that means at the present time because it had in previous centuries, and does it have a similar value in China, India and the center East because it has within the West? How should still we comprehend this distressing, usually difficult phenomenon and the way will we clarify its styles and adaptations over time?

In this wide-ranging comparative learn, Barbagli examines suicide as a socio-cultural, non secular and political phenomenon, exploring the explanations that underlie it and the meanings it has received in numerous cultures during the global. Drawing on an enormous physique of analysis performed by means of historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists and psychologists, Barbagli exhibits passable concept of suicide can't restrict itself to contemplating the 2 motives that have been highlighted by means of the nice French sociologist Émile Durkheim – specifically, social integration and law. Barbagli proposes a brand new account of suicide that hyperlinks the factors for and importance attributed to person activities with the folks for whom and opposed to whom participants take their lives.

This new research of suicide sheds clean mild at the cultural adjustments among East and West and drastically raises our realizing of an often-misunderstood act. it is going to be the definitive heritage of suicide for a few years to come back.

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