Sorrows of a Century: Interpreting Suicide in New Zealand, by John C. Weaver

By John C. Weaver

In Sorrows of a Century, John Weaver describes how own relationships, paintings, poverty, struggle, affliction, and criminal problems have pushed hundreds of thousands to depression. His research is determined in twentieth-century New Zealand the place - regardless of excessive criteria of residing and a dedication to social welfare - electorate have skilled the profound losses and stresses of the human condition.

Focusing on New Zealand since it has the main accomplished and available coroners' files, Weaver analyzes a dazzling volume of data to figure out the social and cultural elements that give a contribution to suicide charges. He examines the country's investigations into unexpected deaths, areas them in the context of significant occasions and societal adjustments, and turns to witnesses' statements, suicide notes, and clinical documents to comment on prevention concepts. His huge survey of twelve thousand circumstances additionally presents an insightful evaluate of psychiatry and psychology within the final century.

In reviewing the causes and techniques of suicide, Weaver issues out the issues dealing with deterrence. relocating past the undying current of the social sciences and the irrationality emphasised in psychology, Sorrows of a Century marshals testimony to focus on the historic context and rational behavior in the back of suicide.

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