Realism and Suicide:Taylor

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What does Taylor try to do with the approaches?
Bring the two approaches of positivism and interpretivism together
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What aspect of interpretivism does he agree with?
That suicide stats. can't be taken as valid - a study of the suicide on the london underground showed that just over half the deaths had a verdict of suicide, despite no conclusive evidence
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What aspect of Positivism does he agree with?
That we can explain suicide and discover real patterns and causes
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What does TAYLOR aim to do?
reveal the underlying structures and causes, which though not directly observable, can explain observable evidence.
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What does TAYLOR note about many cases of suicide?
Those who attempt suicide are not certain that their actions will kill them. Nor are all who attempt suicide aiming to die-some are communicating with others.
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What does TAYLOR say we should look at when studying suicide?
Both successful and unsuccessful attempts
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How does TAYLOR 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 the 4 types of suicide that TAYLOR identifies?
1)Submissive 2)Thanatation 3)Sacrifice 4)Appeal
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What two groups can the types of suicide be split into?
1)ECTOPIC (submissive and Thanatation) where the individual is psychologically detached from others. 2)OTHER-DIRECTED(sacrifice and appeal) The individual has an overwhelming attachment to some other person
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What is SUBMISSIVE suicide?
person is certain about themselves e.g. know they want to die
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What is THANATATION suicide?
person is uncertain about themselves. They are uncertain about what others thing about them, thus the suicide involves risk taking in terms of survival (russian roulette)
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What is SACRIFICE suicide?
Certain about others and know they have to kill themselves. Usually as a result of an affair. It is a form of communication in which they seek to blame someone for their death
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What is APPEAL suicide?
Person is uncertain about others. They have doubts about thier importance and use suicide to resole that uncertainty
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Give a criticism of TAYLORS study
small sample of case studies used, while useful in giving insight into motives it is unlikely to be representative of suicides in general.
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