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The Tender Cut: Inside the Hidden World of Self-Injuryby Patricia Adler
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Cutting, burning, branding, and bone-breaking are all types of self-injury, or the deliberate, non-suicidal destruction of ones 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.
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The authors (professors of sociology at the U. of Colorado-Boulder and the U. of Denver) present a sociological exploration of the contemporary phenomena of self-injury (the deliberate, nonsuicidal destruction of one's own body tissue) that focuses on the voices and perspectives of those who engage in such behavior. They discuss both the developmental progression of the behavior as it manifests in individual lives as well as socio-historical dimensions of the behavior as it came to be more acknowledged as a sociological phenomena in the 1990s and 2000s and even came to be celebrated in cyber communities on the Internet. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Patricia A. Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Peter Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver. They are the co-authors and co-editors of numerous books, including Peer Power, Paradise Laborers, and Constructions of Deviance. Both Adlers collaboratively received the 2010 George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.
Peter Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver. Patricia A. Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. They are the co-authors and co-editors of numerous books, including Peer Power, Paradise Laborers, and Constructions of Deviance. Both Adlers collaboratively received the 2010 George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.
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