The Practice of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: A Sociological Enquiry by Andrea M MayrhoferThe Practice of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: A Sociological Enquiry by Andrea M Mayrhofer

The Practice of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: A Sociological Enquiry

byAndrea M Mayrhofer

Hardcover | January 6, 2011

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Using a qualitative and interpretive mode of explanation, this study explored the wide-spread phenomenon of self-injury in relation to the self, the body, and meanings ascribed to acts of injuring the self via the body. Findings highlighted the body’s communicative role in the symbolic expression of traumatic experiences, its physiological role in emotion regulation, and the addictive propensities of self-injury. From a sociological point of view, instant emotion regulation allows individuals to avoid social stigma, and well managed social performances in turn protect social bonds. This study shows that non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) cannot be conceptualised as simply another personality disorder or mental illness.
Andrea Mayrhofer is an Applied Social Science Researcher who has carried out empirical studies with street-children, young adults, and with adolescents and individuals in need of psycho-social support. Her current research interests are situated in the areas of sociological Social Psychology, Social/Cultural Anthropology, and the Socio...
Title:The Practice of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: A Sociological EnquiryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:January 6, 2011Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631610823

ISBN - 13:9783631610824


Table of Contents

Contents: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) – The question of intent – Aetiologies, meanings and functions of NSSI – The self: an object and a subject – The body as canvas – Addictive propensities – Mediation, ideation and imitation of NSSI.