Self-Injury, Medicine and Society : Authentic Bodies, Hardback Book

Self-Injury, Medicine and Society : Authentic Bodies Hardback


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.


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