Society and Suicide

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Acting on a tip, Israeli troops raided a west bank village near the boundary with Israel. As they closed in, they were repelled by an explosion which, surprisingly, only slightly wounded an officer. The suicide bomber this time was Sabih Saud, a 16 year-old boy. "Sabih was believed to be the youngest of the more than 100 Palestinian suicide bombers who have died during the past three years of Middle East violence for a common cause" (The Miami Herald). His father expressed that Sabih was an impressionable but happy and healthy boy who had no business being a martyr. Though frequently associated with individual desperation or mental disturbance, suicide can often have social causations.

Émile Durkheim, the social philosopher who produced the first true sociological research, studies suicide as a socially influenced phenomenon. He concluded that there were three distinct types of suicide. The first was Anomic Suicide which

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