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Contextual Approaches in Sociology

Edited By Adela Elena Popa, Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Tomas Butvilas

Contextual Approaches in Sociology is a collection of essays on a wide range of sociological issues written by researchers from several different institutions. The volume presents applications of grounded theory, social capital, education, social rituals and gender issues. It will appeal to a wide range of academic leadership, including educators, researchers, social students and teachers, who wish to develop personally and professionally. It will also be useful to all those who interact with students and teachers in a sociological context.


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Social Factors Associated With Suicide Among War Veterans in Bosnia-Herzegovina


Introduction The world is shaken by the wars, military interventions, economic-financial col- lapse of the market, family dissolution, and moral collapse of social and religious structures. All these factors can make some people feel depressed, alienated, trau- matised, and suicidal. The disruption of the world system led to the distortion of humanity, who also became unsatisfied and unhappy. The people affected by these changes began to not experience any more pleasure of being alive; therefore, they more often considered ending their lives instead of continuing to live under such unsatisfactory conditions. Therefore, the number of those who are willing to die by attempting/committing suicide has increased and this has currently become a serious public concern all around the globe, especially among teenagers- adolescents, elderly people, and war veterans. Economic-financial status, family, socialisation, and religion are admitted as key social factors which result in at- tempted/committed suicide. Wherefore, the study aims to identify how these social factors, which were mentioned above, cause suicide among war veterans in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Suicide is applied to all cases of death resulting directly or indirectly from a positive or negative act of the victim himself, which he knows will produce this result” (Durkheim, 1897, p. xlii). Durkheim claimed that each society has a col- lective tendency toward suicide and that it is related to social phenomena which include family, religious group, political and economic context, and socialisation. All these variables generate social phenomena for Durkheim. These variables also constitute the main structure of this...

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