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1Durkheim suggests that suicide is tied with moral life as a whole p 45 not only in the text but through tables of many different countries On page 47 Table I Stability of Suicide in the Principal European Countries shows that the major countries France Prussia and England all show patterns This table is one example of how suicide is a social fact because there is stability a pattern and a trend of a period of time The table shows from 1841 to 1872 with almost all the countries listing rates of suicide increasing every year for 30 years This shows that suicide is a social fact On page 49 Table II Comparative Variations of the Rate of Mortality by Suicide and the Rate of General Mortality lists the years from 1841 to 1860 the deaths per 1000 inhabitants stay very close to the same average 232 Yet the suicides per 100000 inhabitants starting in 1841 is at 82 and steadily increases to 119 just another reason suicide is considered a social fact These tables dont show that there is a variation in the suicide rates within the country but looking at the different countries the larger populated areas has a higher suicide count But within the same country the rate progressively increases over time 2Durkheim turns to religion as a motivational factor for suicide He mainly speaks of Protestantism Catholicism and Judaism and the connections they form towards suicide He concludes that Protestantism has a far greater suicide rate than Catholicism because Protestantism allows for more individual thought which also means there are fewer common beliefs within that group p 159 On the same lines this is also true for Judaism when compared to Catholicism except not to the extent of Protestantism and Catholicism The Jewish church is more united than any other church and like all early religions consists basically of a body of practices minutely governing all the details of life
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