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

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

by Armando R. Favazza
ISBN-10:
0801899664
ISBN-13:
9780801899669
Pub. Date:
05/05/2011
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
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Overview

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801899669
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 05/05/2011
Edition description: third edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: Up to 18 Years

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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