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[This book explores how farmer suicide changed over time and across region in China and tries to overcome the limitations of classic theories on suicide in respect of the structure-action dichotomy.]
[A tight-knit society described in this book is one that features a high degree of kinship bonds and of regulatory control. From the perspective of academic tradition, it is similar to what people call a lineage or quasi-lineage society. From the perspective of past studies on the social...
[Having explored suicides among farmers in a tight-knit society, we will proceed to discuss those occurring in a loose-knit society, and explore similarities and differences between the occurrences in the two types of society. As defined in the theoretical framework, a loose-knit society refers...
[An individualistic society is one that features weak kinship bonds, and weak regulatory control as we have discussed in the theoretical framework section, an ideal type of society opposite to a tight-knit society.]
[In summary, this book mainly presents the following findings: (i) at empirical level, differences exist in the time–space distribution of farmers’ suicide in China; and (ii) at theoretical level, suicide is not determined by social structure or suicidal action alone, but is a product of...
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