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Suicide is one of the great tragedies of our time or any time for that matter The waste of human life is especially horrifying if it is a young person in good health who has hisher entire life to live For a long period in human history it was believed that suicide was the result of non-social problems that it had to do with the individuals mental state and well-being However a major figure in sociology Emile Durkheim set out to prove that suicide was the result of social forces Even after a century he is still considered a major figure in sociology Known as the founder of sociology who coined the term his work can not go unnoticed or unused One of his better known sociological works is Suicide Particularly his work concerning a specific concept - suicide can not be disregarded Suicide is any death resulting directly or indirectly from a positive or negative act of the victim himself which he knows must produce this result according to Durkheim In this essay I will discuss the reasons why Durkheim wrote about suicide the social suicide rate the three components to his book the four types of suicide and the three social aspects As well the effect that the book has had on society well past a hundred years since Durkheims book was first published in conjunction with the numerous comments as well as criticisms were and are still made with regards to Suicide and how this century old research can be applied to todays youths History Born in pinal France on April 15 1858 Emile Durkheim was from a Jewish family Academically successful he obtained a position at the university in Bordeaux where he completed several sociological works Four years after Durkheims work known as The Division of Labour in Society the first publication of Suicide came out in French in 1897 as his third sociological work By then
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