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Sorrows of a Century: Interpreting Suicide in New Zealand, 1900-2000

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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ISBN 9781927277249
Published 1 September 2014 by Bridget Williams Books
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en
Author(s) By Weaver, John C.
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ISBN-13 9781927277249
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Bridget Williams Books
Imprint Bridget Williams Books
Publication Date 1 September 2014
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format EPUB ebook – 1st edition
Edition 1st
Author(s) By Weaver, John C.
Category History
World History
Australasian & Pacific History
Social & Cultural History
History Of Specific Groups
Social Sciences
Death & Dying: Social Aspects
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age Adults / General
Reading Age Adults / General
Dewey Code 362.2809930904
Catalogue Code 518961

Description of this Electronic Book

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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Author's Bio

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).

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