Another Explanation for Male Suicide
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  • Loader2000

    After reading the ‘whole thing’ I went down to the comments. Apparently, readers of the NYTs do not like even the mere suggestion that the breakdown of traditional communities and small town values has anything to do with higher suicide rates. It is all the fault of Republicans for not letting Obama pass an even larger stimulus bill. After all, they all know about some person that killed themselves that DID go to a church, so, you know, argument over.

  • Anthony

    Douthat’s argument is that modernity has brought benefits (experience, knowledge, health, etc.) but has come up short in replacing communal social arrangements. Question to be asked is how has attributed male suicide become a product of social, cultural, and material conditions – in America what has changed (conditions and common thread). Also, can insular communities as part of Democratic Dilemma remain backstop to modern alienation – resisting modern currents of the information age?

  • I’m inclined to agree with Douhat. It should be easy enough to compare suicide rates among people who live in small town-rural areas vs. big cities, married people with children who live with or near extended families vs. childless singles living far from their birth homes, etc.

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