The Civilizing Process and Its Discontents: Suicide and Crimes against Persons in France, 1825–18301

  title={The Civilizing Process and Its Discontents: Suicide and Crimes against Persons in France, 1825–18301},
  author={Hugh P. Whitt},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={130 - 186}
  • H. P. Whitt
  • Published 1 July 2010
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • American Journal of Sociology
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