Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. John Nye


At the Houston, Texas meeting of the American Association of Suicidology in April, 1973, a Houston criminologist threw out a challenge to the sociologists present. Since sociologists seem to be studying suicide as a form of deviance and studying deviance from the interactionist perspective, why, he asked, aren't sociologists studying suicide from the interactionist perspective? No-one present answered his question, and the challenge seemedto be ignored. In the months following the meeting this challenge became more and more intriguing. Therefore, I have chosen this opportunity to study suicide from the interactionist perspective.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Lois M. Easterday July, 1974.

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