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Type: Book
Title: Suicide and Society in India
Author: Mayer, P.
Publisher: Routledge
Publisher Place: United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2011
Series/Report no.: Routledge/ASAA South Asian series ; 1
ISBN: 041558938X
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Peter Mayer; with Clare Bradley, Della Steen, Tahereh Ziaian
Abstract: In India about 123,000 people take their own lives each year, the second highest total in the world. There is a suicide death in India almost every 4 minutes, and it is the leading cause of death for rural Indians especially women in early adulthood. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of suicide in India based on original research as well as existing studies, and looks at the issue in an international, sociological and historical context. The author looks at the reliability of suicide data in India, and goes on to discuss various factors relating to suicide, including age, gender, education and marriage. Among its findings, the book exposes a hidden youth suicide 'crisis' in India which is argued to be far more serious than the better known crisis of farmer suicides. The book dispels many myths that are commonly associated with suicide, and highlights a neglected public health problem. Suicide in the region of Pondicherry is looked at in detail, as well as in the Indian Diaspora. This book is a useful contribution to South Asian Studies, as well as studies in Mental Health and Sociology.
Description: Also has ISBN 0203840089 ; 9780203840085
Rights: © 2011 Peter Mayer
DOI: 10.4324/9780203840085
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