Self-Injury, Medicine and Society : Authentic Bodies Hardback
by Amy Chandler
This book provides an appreciative, sociological engagement with accounts of the embodied practice of self-injury.
It shows that in order to understand self-injury, it is necessary to engage with widely circulating narratives about the nature of bodies, including that they are separate from, yet containers of 'emotion'.
Using a sociological approach, the book examines what self-injury is, how it functions, and why someone might engage in it.
It pays close attention to the corporeal aspects of self-injury, attending to the complex ways in which 'lived experience' is narrated.
By interrogating the way in which healthcare and psychiatric systems shape our understanding of self-injury, Self-Injury, Medicine and Society aims to re-invigorate traditional discourse on the subject.
Combining analytical theory with real-life accounts, this book provides an engaging study which is both thought-provoking and informative.
It will appeal to an interdisciplinary readership and scholars in the fields of medical sociology and health studies in particular.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 217 pages, XII, 217 p.
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
- Publication Date: 24/09/2016
- Category: Religious groups: social & cultural aspects
- ISBN: 9781137405272
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