Suicide: A Century After Durkheim
Presses Universitaires de France
Emile Durkheim’s Le Suicide is without a doubt the most famous work on suicide. It is considered to be the founding document of scientific sociology and methodology that associates the empirical analysis of statistical data and theoretical construction. To a certain extent, the purpose of the book and the thesis defended were paradoxical. Whereas suicide is a solitary and individual act, Durkheim demonstrated that the variation in suicide rate could be explained by social mechanisms. In this volume the authors show the modernity of Durkheim’s reflections and prove that his work remains a model of pedagogy, a subject of meditation and an unequaled source of inspiration.
Mohamed Cherkaoui : Mohamed Cherkaoui is a research director at the CNRS, and a director of the Groupe d’Etude des Méthodes de l’Analyse Sociologique of the CNRS, and teaches at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.