The Ordeal and the Sacrifice

  title={The Ordeal and the Sacrifice},
  author={Steve Taylor},
This chapter is concerned with the development of an alternative social-psychological approach to suicide. Typically sociological approaches have been associated with the analysis of suicide rates, while the few alternative critical studies have tended to be neo-phenomenological, or ‘interpretative’, thus reflecting a more general debate in the social sciences between ‘positivism’ and ‘subjectivism’. What is common to both parties in this dispute is the acceptance of a positivist account of… CONTINUE READING