Suicide and Social Justice unites diverse scholarly and social justice perspectives on the international problem of suicide and suicidal behavior.

With a focus on social justice, the book seeks to understand the complex interactions between individual and group experiences with suicidality and various social pathologies, including inequality, intergenerational poverty, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Chapters investigate the underlying and often overlooked connections that link rising rates and disproportionate concentrations of suicide within specific populations to wider social, political, and economic conditions.

This edited volume brings diverse scholarly and social justice perspectives to bear on the problem of suicide and suicidal behavior, equipping researchers and practitioners with the knowledge they need to fundamentally rethink suicide and suicide prevention.



List of Contributors


Mark E. Button and Ian Marsh

Part I

1. Suicide and Social Justice: Discourse, Politics and Experience

Ian Marsh

2. Shame as Affective Injustice: Qualitative, Sociological Explorations of Self-Harm, Suicide and Socioeconomic Inequalities

Amy Chandler

Part II

3. Cultural Continuity and Indigenous Youth Suicide

Michael J. Chandler and Christopher E. Lalonde

4. Strengthening Borders and Toughening Up on Welfare: Deaths by Suicide in the UK’s Hostile Environment

China Mills

5. Suicidal Regimes: Public Policy and the Formation of Vulnerability to Suicide

Mark E. Button

6. Protest Suicide among Muslim Women: A Human Rights Perspective

Silvia Sara Canetto and Mohsen Rezaeian

7. From Psychocentric Explanations to Social Troubles: Challenging Dominant Discourse on Suicide in Ghana

Joseph Osafo

Part III

8. I Am a Suicide Waiting to Happen: Reframing Self-Completed Murder and Death

Bee Scherer

self murder: Poem by Daniel G. Scott

9. It Takes a Village: The Nonprofessional Mental Health Worker Movement

Rebecca S. Morse, Michael J. Kral, Maura McFadden, Janet McCord and Lory Barsdate Easton

10. Availability and Quality of Mental Healthcare Services for Veterans at Risk for Suicide

Craig J. Bryan, AnnaBelle O. Bryan, David C. Rozek, Feea R. Leifker and Alexis M. May

11. Hello Cruel World! Embracing a Collective Ethics for Suicide Prevention

Jennifer White