Historical phenomenology: understanding experiences of suicide and suicidality across time

Marsh, I. (2017) Historical phenomenology: understanding experiences of suicide and suicidality across time. In: Pompili, M., ed. Phenomenology of Suicide: Unlocking the Suicidal Mind. Cham: Springer International Publishing. pp. 1-12 ISBN 9783319479750

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Abstract

Different cultures at different moments in history have constructed suicide differently. That seems an obvious statement, and any book which offers up a history of the topic confirms the fact. For Ian Hacking, ``the meanings of suicide itself are so protean across time and space that it is not so clear that there is one thing, suicide'' (Crit Inq 35:1, 2008), and it is not so hard to agree that meanings, descriptions and representations change, but beyond these, are there non-contingent (ahistorical and acultural) features of suicide? Is there perhaps an unchanging experience of suicidality? Many modern theories implicitly suggest there is (e.g. Edwin Shneidman's notion of psychache and Thomas Joiner's constructs of perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness can be read as attempts to describe underlying universals in the experience of suicide).

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0569 Suicide
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Allied Health Professions
Depositing User: Dr Ian Marsh
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 09:08
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 16:10
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16426

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