UBC Faculty Research and Publications

It’s the End of the World : Re-Imagining Durkheim’s Suicide through the Case of the Zombie Apocalypse Abrutyn, Seth; Mueller, Anna S.; Osborne, Melissa


How would you feel if you woke up to the end of the world? We use the case of the zombie apocalypse to explore why society matters to mental health and suicide. This essay introduces Durkheim’s ideas while also illustrating how sociologists use cases to construct or improve theory.

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