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Suicide Voices: Labour Trauma in France

Sarah Waters


This book examines the phenomenon of work suicides in France and asks why, in the present historical juncture, conditions of work can push individuals to take their own lives. During the 2000s, France experienced what commentators have described as a ‘suicide epidemic’, whereby increasing numbers of workers in the face of extreme pressures of work, chose to take their own lives. This book analyses a corpus of testimonial material linked to 66 suicide cases across three large French companies during the period from 2005 to 2015. A key aim is to consider what the extreme and subjective experienc ... More

Keywords: Suicide, France, Labour, Neoliberalism, Finance, Workplace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789622232
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789622232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Waters, author
University of Leeds