Photo0202Inspired by C. Wright Mills’ ‘sociological imagination’, I strive to fulfill the promise of sociology by demonstrating how larger social forces shape to our private lives. My current study focuses on the problem of suicide among military veterans returning from combat.

To address the question of why people are driven to commit suicide, I consider the social forces contributing to this intimate act. I reformulate classic sociological theories on suicide by engaging in interviews with recent Canadian veterans of Afghanistan.

Drawing on research in psychology, philosophy, and health studies, I am committed to conveying the practical relevance of sociological theory to a multidisciplinary audience. Hopefully this blog will contribute to my goal.

One comment

  1. Hi Steve,
    I recently initiated THE LIFEHOUSE group in London which I’m told you will be monitoring.
    I’ve just accessed your blog and in a few minutes I’ll be able to read through it in detail.
    It looks fascinating and clearly written.
    I’m a volunteer for SSAFA ( The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. )
    so your headings seem particularly relevant.
    I was up early to do a publicity broadcast on B.B.C. Radio London ( it went out at 6.15a.m. here. )
    We have to pay £48 each week for room hire and need to bring in enough donations to get us through until the lottery funding we are hoping for might be available.

    Possibly you or some friends might want to start up a similar group in your neck of the woods ? My phone number is: 079 2688 6372 ( but I only put it on between 9a.m.-5p.m.! )
    Look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Best Wishes – Nick (Waller).

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