Milena Ivanović

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In this paper we aim to acknowledge suicide both as a universality, omnipresent through various cultures and ages and always evoking potent reactions, as well as inspect its historical and geographical specificities. In particular, the historical transformation of discourse surrounding suicide in Europe is examined, including how judicial, religious, medical, psychological, literary, philosophical views, debates and writings on suicide have shaped the treatment of suicidality and the conceptualization of people with suicidal ideation. Parallels are drawn between past and current approaches to treatment and concerns regarding the depiction of suicide, while changes are examined within the context of and as a reflection of societal changes, both in terms of empathy and knowledge available, as well as grand social revolutions and dominant political regimes and orientations.


suicide, discourse, Europe, critical psychology, historical psychology

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