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Book review: farewell to the world: a history of suicide byMarzio Barbagli

Warren, Michael (2016) Book review: farewell to the world: a history of suicide byMarzio Barbagli. LSE Review of Books (21 Jan 2016). Website.

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In 1897, French sociologist Émile Durkheim presented the formative work, Suicide, which examined suicide through a social framework. In his new book Farewell to the World: A History of Suicide, Marzio Barbagli not only seeks to orientate attention away from the social emphasis of Durkheim’s analysis towards a consideration of the role of the cultural, but he also challenges its Western-centred approach by attempting to present a global history of suicide. While Michael Warren finds this a curious book filled with many striking anecdotes, ultimately the glut of content inhibits it from offering a fully coherent or convincing thesis.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 11:12
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2021 00:20

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