Society is a stable system.
Essence of a society==> Moral order==> "Collective Conscience" (and perhaps "consciousness")
Study of Suicide: Focus on "Social Currents" that can sweep through the "collective conscience." These currents push people in different directions and determine patternings of behavior.
Critical elements of moral order: The Social Bond (issue of "solidarity")
Types of Suicide and Social Currents
Egoism: Social control is functional, but bond between individual and group is weak. Norms become ineffective in controlling behavior.
Altruism: Group needs and significance override individual existence, norms may actually support self-destructive behavior.
Fatalism: Rigidity and inflexibility. Individual (and group) stagnates.
The Sociological Perspective
The Functionalist Perspective
Social Disorganization Theory
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