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Why Do We Hurt Ourselves?

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Why does an estimated 5% of the general population intentionally and repeatedly hurt themselves? What are the reasons certain people resort to self-injury as a way to manage their daily lives? In Why Do We Hurt Ourselves, sociologist Baptiste Brossard draws on a five-year survey of self-injurers and suggests that the answers can be traced to social, more than personal, causes. Self-injury is not a matter of disturbed individuals resorting to hurting themselves in the face of individual weaknesses and difficulties. Rather, self-injury is the reaction of individuals to the tensions that compose, day after day, the tumultuousness of their social life and position. Self-harm is a practice that people use to self-control and maintain order—to calm down, or to avoid "going haywire" or "breaking everything." More broadly, through this research Brossard works to develop a perspective on the contemporary social world at large, exploring quests for self-control in modern Western societies.


Introduction



Part One: A Practice of Self-Control


Introduction


1. The First Time


2. Towards a Feeling of Dependence


3. Talking about Self-Injury?


4. Quitting


5. Self-Injury on a Regular Basis


6. On the Manners to Self-Injure


Conclusion: Maintaining the Order



Part Two: A Social Positioning Practice


Introduction


7. The Staging of Discretion


8. At the Origin of "Relational Problems"


9. The Existential Crisis


10. What Gender Represents


11. What Some Events Imply


Conclusion: A Relational Map of Self-Injury



Conclusion: A Self-Controlled Youth


Endnotes


Index

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Published 14 June 2018
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EAN13 9780253036438
Language English

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