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1. Alarabi, Lina. The Morality of Depression : A Theoretical Study on the Social Maintenance of Depression.

Degree: Sociology, 2020, Uppsala University

This theoretical study depicts and highlights the seemingly individual phenomenon of depression in a social and collective light. Shame and guilt naturally invoke negative responses in people, yet, this has been found beneficial for the social solidarity of a collective. However, such emotions are oftentimes imposed by people and institutions in authoritative positions on their subordinates as a form of social control. This social control is masked under the virtuous face of morality. Thus, it is difficult for an already unstable mind, such as the depressed, to distinguish between constructive and toxic feedback when applying it to the self. The contradiction that arises is that a collective system of common interest manifests in a marginalising fashion and causes the deviant to further deviate from the normative collective. The purpose and aim of this inquiry are thus to investigate how the social construction of emotions and morality contribute to the maintenance of depression. The theoretical background largely shapes the analysis and is based on Charles Cooley’s concept of the looking-glass self, and Emile Durkheim’s study on suicide. A literature review on the research phenomenon also acts as an essential tool within the analysis as it helps grasp the core of the topic. The methodological approach is of a theoretical fashion as opposed to empirical. Furthermore, it uses the inference of abduction to construct arguments that illustrate the most reasonable explanation for the social nature of depression. The results showed that there is indeed a correlation between depression, emotions, morality and social control that manifest in a case of structural depression. Furthermore, the findings illustrated a fine balance between the intentions of morality and social control through emotive imposition, and the reality which seldom benefits the deviant members of society. Finally, the abstract nature of this study introduced representational limitations which in future empirical research can be modified by addressing context-specific structural depression.

Subjects/Keywords: depression; morality; social control; Social Sciences; Samhällsvetenskap

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APA (6th Edition):

Alarabi, L. (2020). The Morality of Depression : A Theoretical Study on the Social Maintenance of Depression. (Thesis). Uppsala University. Retrieved from http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-402722

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Alarabi, Lina. “The Morality of Depression : A Theoretical Study on the Social Maintenance of Depression.” 2020. Thesis, Uppsala University. Accessed February 28, 2020. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-402722.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Alarabi, Lina. “The Morality of Depression : A Theoretical Study on the Social Maintenance of Depression.” 2020. Web. 28 Feb 2020.

Vancouver:

Alarabi L. The Morality of Depression : A Theoretical Study on the Social Maintenance of Depression. [Internet] [Thesis]. Uppsala University; 2020. [cited 2020 Feb 28]. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-402722.

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Council of Science Editors:

Alarabi L. The Morality of Depression : A Theoretical Study on the Social Maintenance of Depression. [Thesis]. Uppsala University; 2020. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-402722

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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