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Self-Injury, Medicine and Society

Authentic Bodies

  • Amy┬áChandler

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About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Medical Sociology Health Sociology Self-harm Cutting Sociology of the body Emotion Psychology Narrative Biomedicine Biomedical

Authors and affiliations

  • Amy┬áChandler
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LincolnLincolnUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-40528-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-40527-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-40528-9
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