Sorrows of a Century: Interpreting Suicide in New Zealand, 1900-2000
This study describes how relationships, work, poverty, war, illness and legal troubles have driven some to ultimate despair. A moving account of loss and suffering, and an insightful assessment of psychiatry and psychology.
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||1 September 2014 by Bridget Williams Books
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||By Weaver, John C.
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Focusing on New Zealand's comprehensive and accessible coroners' records, John Weaver analyses some twelve thousand cases to determine the social and cultural factors that contribute to suicide rates. He examines the official investigations into sudden deaths, placing them within the context of major events and societal changes. This remarkable assessment spans witness statements, suicide notes and medical records to provide new insights on prevention strategies.
A powerful and poignant analysis of the motives for suicide, set amidst the challenges of the twentieth century.
Co-published with McGill-Queen's University Press.
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John C. Weaver is Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University and the author of A Sadly Troubled History: The Meanings of Suicide in the Modern Age and The Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900 (both published by McGill-Queen's University Press).