Suicide in Victorian and Edwardian England

Hardcover | March 1, 1995

byOlive Anderson

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This is the first serious historical study of a central human problem. Suicide is a long-standing concern of sociologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and moralists. Here Olive Anderson provides a new dimension for understanding suicidal behaviour and responses to it, and a chapter in thegeneral history of death. In doing so she makes a substantial contribution to many aspects of the history of Victorian and Edwardian England. Using different combinations of historical techniques and sources (including coroners' private case papers), Professor Anderson examines in turn four majorelements in the study of suicide: suicide rates and distributions; individual experiences; social attitudes; and efforts and prevention. Her lucid and humane approach to this sensitive subject opens up new perspectives on the significance of time, place, age, and gender; on law, literature,medicine, and collective mentalities; and on the police, philanthropy, and public policy.

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This is the first serious historical study of a central human problem. Suicide is a long-standing concern of sociologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and moralists. Here Olive Anderson provides a new dimension for understanding suicidal behaviour and responses to it, and a chapter in thegeneral history of death. In doing so she mak...

Olive Anderson is a Professor of History, Westfield College at University of London.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:489 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.22 inPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019820101X

ISBN - 13:9780198201014

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'This is a fascinating book on a subject which never fails to arouse wide general interest ... Professor Olive Anderson has added a new dimension to the understanding of what remains a peculiarly human activity ... the writer's lucid style and the thread of human interest and compassion thatis evident throughout, makes this an eminently readable work which is difficult to put down.' Journal of the Eugenics Society