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Published: 31 October 2020

240 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781789622232

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Suicide Voices

Labour Trauma in France

Sarah Waters

Liverpool University Press

Studies in Modern and Contemporary France

  • A first major interdisciplinary study of the rising and urgent phenomenon of work-related suicide
  • Draws on an extensive corpus of testimonial material linked to 66 cases of suicide across three large French companies during the period from 2005 to 2015
  • Develops a novel methodological approach that draws on subjective experiences of suicide or 'suicide voices' in order to investigate the neoliberal economic order as a whole and its often deleterious effects on everyday work
  • Engages with major theories of suicide from Emile Durkheim, Maurice Halbwachs, Jack Douglas to contemporary scholarship by Christophe Dejours, Slavoj Zizek and Franco Berardi
  • Uses the singular, extreme and narrated experience of suicide as a prism for understanding the complex human effects of neoliberal economics