October 13, 2004

Warning: Sociological Humour

I'm reading Suicide by Emile Durkheim right now, the seminal social statistic study. I was a little dismayed by the blurb on the back cover, though:

'Written by one of the world's most influential sociologists, this classic argues that suicide primarily results from a lack of integration of the individual into society.'

Man, way to give away the whole damn book! It's like picking up a copy of Murder on the Orient Express and reading: 'Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery in which EVERYONE is guilty!'. I hope somebody over at Simon and Schuster got fired for that one...

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