Suicide and the Creative Class

Matthew D. Moore, Nicholas L. Recker, Mark Heirigs

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The tenth leading cause of death in the United States in 2009 was suicide. Emile Durkheim demonstrated that suicide can be studied as a social phenomenon. However, sociologists have been oddly silent on the subject in recent years. Research that has been done by sociologists on suicide has examined the role social capital plays in reducing suicide. However, Richard Florida has argued that today communities are not developing around social capital, but instead moving toward his creative capital model. No study has been done examining the association between creative capital and suicide. This analysis examined what developing around a creative capital model means for suicide. The findings demonstrate that there is a positive association between creative capital and suicide. The current analysis should give pause to communities attempting to develop around the creative capital model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1613-1626
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2014


  • Community
  • Creative capital
  • Deviance
  • Emile Durkheim
  • Suicide
  • Urban development


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