Suicide as a Dramatic Performance.
Suicide as a Dramatic Performance
Edited by David Lester and Steven Stack
American contributors in sociology, law, psychology, psychiatry, behavioral economics, and thanatology explore the dramatic aspects of suicide, especially the decision-making and aescriptsAE of suicidal people. Discussion centers around the aeaudienceAE of suicide, the suicide note, locations, and methods, and how they are influenced by social and cultural factors as well as the personAEs mental state or mental illness. Of special interest is a section on cultural scripts for suicide: Russian roulette and duels, death by seppuku, self-immolation as protest, victim-precipitated homicide, sati, suicide by police, and suicide as liberation of the soul. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)