Interpretivism and suicide.

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How does Douglas criticise Durkheim's use of statistics
A suicide verdict is reached by a coroner, which could be influenced by a bias. Therefore suicide statistics aren't very reliable and are just how likely a death is to be labelled and recorded as suicide.
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How does he criticise Durkheim in relation to meanings and data?
Ignores the meanings of the act and for assuming it has a constant meaning. Each death must be classified according to it's own meaning. For this, qualitative data must be used.
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What are 3 criticisms of Douglas?
How are sociologists better at deciding whether a death is suicide or not. Suicide rates for immigrants are similar to their countries of origin implying it isn't the coroner's interpretation. He is inconsistent.
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What does Atkinson say about the 'real rate' of suicide
It is impossible to find since we would have to know for sure what meanings the dead gave to their deaths.
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What is Atkinson's commonsense theory?
When coroners look at evidence and use their commonsense to say it was a suicide. E.g. suicide note, mode of death (i.e. hanging), location, and life history.
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What is 1 criticism of Atkinson?
His theory says that all sociological perspectives are just interpretations, so how can we trust his?
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In what ways does Taylor agree with positivists and interpretivists?
Interpretivists - suicide statistics can't be trusted. Positivists - believes we can still explain suicide.
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How does he define suicide?
Any deliberate act of self-damage or potential self-damage where the individual cannot be sure of survival.
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What are Taylor's 4 types of suicide?
Submissive - certain about themselves e.g. terminal illness. Thanatation - uncertain about themselves, e.g. russian roulette. Sacrifice - certain about others e.g. betrayal through affair. Appeal - uncertain about others, doubts about importance.
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What are 3 criticisms of Taylor?
Based on interpretations. Small sample of case studies. Not connected types to wider social structures.
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