What does Thai public servants’ suicides reported in daily newspapers tell us about suicide?: An analysis of reported cases from daily newspapers during 2007 - 2016

  • Kanjana Boonyoung Graduate School of Public Administration, Burapha Universitity
Keywords: suicide, power relationship, daily newspaper, Thai public servants

Abstract

Suicide tends to be explained and perceived as an individual action. Although the proclaimed sociologist Emile Durkheim demonstrated in 1897 that suicide is a social action, health organizations still categorize the causes of suicide as personal problems or mental illnesses. This article will challenge the scientific approach of the explanation for suicide with the question of whether there is an alternative explanation besides “depression or chronic illness, excessive drinking of alcohol, family issues and disappointment in love”. An outcome interpreted by data collected over a decade from major daily newspapers on suicide by Thai public servants is that suicide can be explained as a power relationship with the cause of suicide consisting of an excessive, unequal power relationship between a victim and his or her opponents.

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Published
2017-10-31
How to Cite
Boonyoung, K. (2017). What does Thai public servants’ suicides reported in daily newspapers tell us about suicide?: An analysis of reported cases from daily newspapers during 2007 - 2016. Social Science Asia, 3(4), 84-96. Retrieved from https://socialscienceasia.nrct.go.th/index.php/SSAsia/article/view/29
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Research Article