The social production of psychocentric knowledge in suicidology

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Marsh, I. 2020. The social production of psychocentric knowledge in suicidology. Social Epistemology. 34 (1).
AuthorsMarsh, I.
Abstract

Suicidology, the scientific study of suicide and suicide prevention, constructs suicide as primarily a question of individual mental health. Despite recent engagement with suicide from a broader public health perspective, and efforts of critical suicide studies scholars and activists to widen the disciplinary and theoretical base of suicidology, the narrow focus on individual pathology and deficit in conceptualising suicide persists. In this article, I consider the ways in which this ‘psychocentric’ knowledge of suicide is produced and organised, offer reasons why this to be problematic, and outline other available forms of knowledge production. This knowledge production is psychopolitical rather than psychocentric that emphasises much more the contexts (political, economic, social, cultural and historical) within which suicide occurs. Psychopolitical analysis aims to better understand the complex social and political contexts of such deaths, and, ultimately, seeks to open up collective and political possibilities for action which are denied when suicide is conceptualised solely as an issue of individual mental health.

KeywordsPsychocentric knowledge; Suicide; Suicide prevention; Critical suicide studies
Year2020
JournalSocial Epistemology
Journal citation34 (1)
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0269-1728
Publication dates
OnlineDec 2019
Publication process dates
Accepted20 Nov 2019
Deposited29 Nov 2019
Accepted author manuscript
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Restricted
Output statusIn press
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