Bodies under Siege: Self-Mutilation, Nonsuicidal Self-Injury, and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry / Edition 3

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Overview

A quarter century after it was first published, Bodies under Siege remains the classic, authoritative book on self-mutilation. Now in its third edition, this invaluable work is updated throughout with findings from hundreds of new studies, discussions of new models of self-injury, an assessment of the S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) program, and the Bill of Rights for People Who Self-harm.

Armando Favazza’s pioneering work identified a wide range of forces, many of them cultural and societal, that compel or impel people to mutilate themselves. This new edition examines the explosive growth in the incidence of self-injurious behaviors and body modification practices. Favazza critically assesses new and significant biological, ethnological, social, and psychological findings regarding self-injury; presents current understandings of self-injurious acts from cultural and clinical perspectives; and places self-mutilation in historical and contemporary context.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

New Scientist

Explores the various ways in which people mutilate their bodies. Favazza explores the historical background and offers insights into how and why people do truly appalling things to their limbs, heads, and genitals. He pleads for understanding for a group of patients who are often seen as bizarre and repellent.

Current Directions in Psychological Science

The seminal book on [nonsuicidal self-injury]; presents a comprehensive historical, anthropological, and clinical review of the topic.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders

A compendium of cultural and clinical reports of self-mutilation and a summary of what is and what is not known about therapy, the book is a major contribution to both the anthropological and psychiatric literature. I know that having read it I will see my next self-mutilating patient through more insightful and compassionate eyes.

Journal of the American Medical Association

A comprehensive historical, anthropological, ethnological, and clinical account of self-mutilation.

British Journal of Psychiatry

The book is very well written and extremely informative, and Favazza has produced a refreshingly honest and objective account of self-harming behaviour... There is much to be learned from this book and, for clinicians or academics working with people who self-harm, it is an invaluable resource.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Bodies Under Siege is an excellent book dealing with self-mutilation in depth and breadth. It is a clinical volume that should be of use to all in the mental health field. The book is also an anthropological contribution to the understanding of what it means to be human.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease - Arthur Freeman

Bodies under Siege is an excellent book dealing with self-mutilation in depth and breadth. It is a clinical volume that should be of use to all in the mental health field. The book is also an anthropological contribution to the understanding of what it means to be human... I believe that this book will remain a classic in the psychiatric literature, and I recommend it to a wide audience.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Bodies under Siege is an excellent book dealing with self-mutilation in depth and breadth. It is a clinical volume that should be of use to all in the mental health field. The book is also an anthropological contribution to the understanding of what it means to be human... I believe that this book will remain a classic in the psychiatric literature, and I recommend it to a wide audience.

— Arthur Freeman, MD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801899669
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2011
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 712,654
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Armando Favazza, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is a fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychiatrists and is a co-founder of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition ix

Part I Mutilative Beliefs, Religion, Eating, and Ethology 1

1 Mutilative Beliefs, Attitudes, Practices, and Images 3

2 Self-mutilation in Myths of Creation, Shamanism, and Religion 20

3 Self-injury and Eating Disorders 43

4 Animals and Automutilation 57

Part II Mutilation and Self-Injury of Body Parts: Cultural and Clinical Cases 71

5 The Head and Its Parts 73

6 The Limbs 111

7 The Skin 129

8 The Genitals 157

Part III Insight and Treatment 195

9 Understanding Self-injury 197

10 The Assessment, Psychology, and Biology of Self-injury 221

11 Treatment 244

12 Personal Reflections 272

Epilogue. Body Play: My Journey Fakir Musafar 281

References 297

Index 323

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