Author(s): John C. Weaver
A powerful and poignant analysis of the motives for suicide, set amidst the challenges of the twentieth century. Focusing on New Zealand’s comprehensive and accessible coroners’ records, John Weaver analyses some twelve thousand cases to determine the social and cultural factors that contribute to suicide rates. He examines the official investigations into sudden deaths, placing them within the context of major events and societal changes, and turns to witnesses’ statements, suicide notes and medical records to remark on prevention strategies. A profoundly moving account of loss and suffering, and an insightful assessment of psychiatry and psychology in the last century.
John C. Weaver is Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University and the author of A Sadly Troubled History: The Meanings of Suicide in the Modern Age and The Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650–1900 (both published by McGill-Queen’s University Press).