The Tender Cut: Inside the Hidden World of Self-Injury

The Tender Cut: Inside the Hidden World of Self-Injury

by Patricia A. Adler, Peter Adler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814705073

ISBN-13: 9780814705070

Pub. Date: 08/22/2011

Publisher: New York University Press

Choice's Outstanding Academic Title list for 2013

2013 Honorable Mention for the Distinguished Book Award presented by the Midwest Sociological Society

Honorable Mention for the Charles H. Cooley Award for Outstanding Book from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
Cutting, burning,

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Choice's Outstanding Academic Title list for 2013

2013 Honorable Mention for the Distinguished Book Award presented by the Midwest Sociological Society

Honorable Mention for the Charles H. Cooley Award for Outstanding Book from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
Cutting, burning, branding, and bone-breaking are all types of self-injury, or the deliberate, non-suicidal destruction of one’s own body tissue, a practice that emerged from obscurity in the 1990s and spread dramatically as a typical behavior among adolescents. Long considered a suicidal gesture, The Tender Cut argues instead that self-injury is often a coping mechanism, a form of teenage angst, an expression of group membership, and a type of rebellion, converting unbearable emotional pain into manageable physical pain.Based on the largest, qualitative, non-clinical population of self-injurers ever gathered, noted ethnographers Patricia and Peter Adler draw on 150 interviews with self-injurers from all over the world, along with 30,000-40,000 internet posts in chat rooms and communiqués. Their 10-year longitudinal research follows the practice of self-injury from its early days when people engaged in it alone and did not know others, to the present, where a subculture has formed via cyberspace that shares similar norms, values, lore, vocabulary, and interests. An important portrait of a troubling behavior, The Tender Cut illuminates the meaning of self-injury in the 21st century, its effects on current and former users, and its future as a practice for self-discovery or a cry for help.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814705070
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2011
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
883,213
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Literature and Population 22

3 Studying Self-Injury 38

4 Becoming a Self-Injurer 53

5 The Phenomenology of the Cut 66

6 Loners in the Social World 94

7 Colleagues in the Cyber World 108

8 Self-Injury Communities 128

9 Self-Injury Relationships 144

10 The Social Transformation of Self-Injury 167

11 Careers in Self-Injury 181

12 Understanding Self-Injury 199

Notes 219

References 231

Index 250

About the Authors 252

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