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Question: Taylor’s Realist Perspective on Suicide.

Answer: Taylor, 1982-1989, takes a different approach to positivists and interpretivists. Like interpretivists, he argues that suicide statistics cannot be taken as valid, e.g. in a study of 32 people who had died after being hit by London tube trains, just over half the cases resulted in a verdict of suicide, even though there was no conclusive evidence of suicidal intent. Taylor found that coroners saw factors such as a history of mental illness as indicators of suicidal intent which increased the likelihood of a suicide verdict.
However, like positivists Taylor believes we can explain suicide. He believes we can discover real patterns and causes. However unlike positivists he does not base his explanation on suicide statistics. Instead he adopts a realist approach. This aims to reveal underlying structures and causes, which though not directly observable, can explain the observable evidenc...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Sociology
  • Course: Sociology
  • Level: A-Level
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  • Words: 703
  • Date submitted: November 28, 2015
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  • Essay ID: 6914

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