The purpose of this research is to understand the possible causes for suicide in South Korea. To analyse the subject matter, we made use of the sociologist and philosopher, Émile Durkheim and therapist Michael White who specializes in narratives. Durkheim’s three categories in regards to suicide are used to better understand the different types of suicides and what may cause them. Their theories will shed light on themes most often associated with suicide. The educational system in South Korea is immensely competitive. Upon our analysis, we have come to the conclusion, when it comes to youth suicide in South Korea that the immense pressure put on the students by their peers, parents and society as a whole is a large factor in youth suicide. The high divorce rate in South Korea is also a contributor to the high suicide rate. With one in every three marriages ending in a divorce, we came to the conclusion that the breakup of the family would often leave people, in particular males, left out of a social circle, which according to Durkheim further increased suicide rate. Religion in South Korea plays a reduced role today since roughly half of the population are atheists. Our analysis came to the conclusion that South Korean’s who practiced Protestantism would gain a greater immunity to suicide. This finding contradicts Durkheim’s own thesis considering his view on different religions. The rapid change in South Korea’s economy and increased wealth, in addition to the westernization of the culture has had an effect on the narratives of the South Korean people. Our analysis came to the conclusion that the South Korean people are split between their traditional values and the values imported from the west. In some aspects of South Korean life, there exists varying degrees of individualism and collectivism, which can possibly contribute to the high suicide rate. Through our analysis we have come to a better understanding of why the suicide rate is high in South Korea. There is no one definitive answer; however our analysis has covered the major culprits to the high suicide rate in the nation. If one was to improve the situation regarding suicide in South Korea, then this project could contribute with a formal understanding of the problem, but it would take further investigation to discover possible and effective solutions.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||22 jan. 2016|