Instrumental Suicide

  • Katerina StandishEmail author


This chapter will identify forms of suicide that are instrumental, i.e. life-ending acts connected to a particular aim that involve or include other people. This chapter diverges from the anthropological dimensions of monologic (inward) or dialogic (expressive) suicide to include the object (affected agent and/or accessories) in life-ending acts. Monologic and dialogic suicide refers to the intention of a life-ending act while medical suicide done by individuals (or on behalf of individuals) and instrumental suicides are acts that involve others. While suicide can be inward (monologic) or expressive (dialogic), these terms do not indicate the affected/impacted people from an act. In this chapter, homicide-suicide, martyrdom/altruistic suicide, daredevil suicide and protest suicide will be explored in a manner similar to the previous chapter, with definitions and patterns of the forms, and investigations of the dominant themes within the surrounding literature.


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  1. 1.National Centre for Peace and Conflict StudiesUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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