9780814705070

The Tender Cut

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  • ISBN13:

    9780814705070

  • ISBN10:

    0814705073

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-08-22
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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Summary

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 Cutargues 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 communiqu#xE9;s. 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 Cutilluminates 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.

Author Biography

Patricia A. Adler is Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Peter Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver. They are the coauthors and coeditors of numerous books, including Backboards Blackboards, Peer Power, Paradise Laborers, and Constructions of Deviance. The Adlers collaboratively received the 2010 George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Literature and Populationp. 22
Studying Self-Injuryp. 38
Becoming a Self-Injurerp. 53
The Phenomenology of the Cutp. 66
Loners in the Social Worldp. 94
Colleagues in the Cyber Worldp. 108
Self-Injury Communitiesp. 128
Self-Injury Relationshipsp. 144
The Social Transformation of Self-Injuryp. 167
Careers in Self-Injuryp. 181
Understanding Self-Injuryp. 199
Notesp. 219
Referencesp. 231
Indexp. 250
About the Authorsp. 252
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