Suicide as a Dramatic Performance

ISBN 13: 9781412856942

Suicide as a Dramatic Performance

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Each suicide is as unique as the individuals involved, especially if one examines the nature of the act and to what extent these acts can be viewed as a theatrical performance. Focusing on the dramatic aspects of suicide may seem tangential to the physical and mental pain experienced by those who try to kill themselves, but dramatic aspects often provide important clues for understanding the mental state of suicidal individuals. David Lester and Steven Stack investigate what happens in the weeks, days and hours before a suicide when the suicidal individual must make decisions and formulate the script for his or her suicidal act. The editors argue that these choices may help us understand and prevent other suicides and stimulate new and innovative research in this important area. Through twenty-five substantive chapters, including both quantitative and qualitative analyses, this book offers insights into suicide as a dramatic act, with chapters on the intended audience, the suicide note, the location and method chosen, and cultural scripts, including suicide-by-cop, sati, seppuku, and duels. The contributors to this volume argue that psychological, social, and cultural factors influence these choices and that the decisions made by the individual are important for understanding the mental state of the person choosing to die by suicide.

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"This is a remarkable book demonstrating that suicide is a performance with an audience. Suicide is social, is a communication, is rehearsed, and is acted on a particular stage. Suicide is not an isolated event as many think it is. This book is a must read for suicidologists, as well as anyone who thinks suicide is a lonely act. The contributors show that suicide is a social act, a performance for an audience, a rehearsed communication that is set on a selected stage. Readers will gain new insight into suicide through this book. Rather than seeing suicide as an isolated act, the contributors demonstrate that suicide is social, rehearsed, and a communication set on a selected stage." --Michael J. Kral, Wayne State University

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David Lester is a distinguished professor of psychology at Stockton University, USA. He is the author or editor of nearly one hundred books. Steven Stack is a professor in the Departments of Criminology and Psychiatry at Wayne State University, USA. He is the author of more than three hundred articles or chapters and three books.

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