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Self-injury, medicine and society: Authentic bodies

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Abstract

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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Chandler, A. (2016). Self-injury, medicine and society: Authentic bodies. Self-Injury, Medicine and Society: Authentic Bodies (pp. 1–217). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-40528-9

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