By J Maxwell Atkinson
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Parsons, 1964; Gerth and Mills, 1953). The volume and content of subsequent discussions of the relationship between social and individual explanations of behaviour and related issues can leave the reader in no doubt that Durkheim's choice of suicide as a topic which would allow him to make his contribution to the debate was a brilliant success. For as he rightly observed and as is constantly reiterated in the literature, the suicide problem is one which poses the individual-social dilemma in a particularly obvious way.
Thus two of the most important figures in ethnomethodology, Garfinkel (1967a; 1967b) and Sacks (1966; 1972b), have both done work on suicide. In emphasizing the differences between positivism and ethnomethodology, then, it seems likely that the attention of sociologists may continue to be directed towards suicide. 4 SOCIOLOGISM In addition to the debate about posmvism, the suicide problem in sociology has also been central to the debate concerning what I referred to earlier as Durkheim's 'sociologism', by which I mean his stress on the supremacy of explanations in terms of social rather than psychological factors .
120) as having a special place in the development of the sociology of suicide. Douglas does note, however, that Breed's sample of 103 suicides was provided by official categorizations of suicide, and suggests also that Breed overlooks the possibility of his own results being in error in the same way as those he finds in the coroners' records: The first finding of Breed's interview approach was that the official reports on occupations, marital status and unemployment-employment of these 103 suicides were very much in error.
Discovering Suicide: Studies in the Social Organization of Sudden Death by J Maxwell Atkinson