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Book Review: Self Injury

Review by Veronica Heney Veronica Heney reviews Why Do We Hurt Ourselves?: Understanding Self-harm in Social Life by Baptiste Brossard (Indiana University Press, 2018), and Self-injury, Medicine and Society: Authentic Bodies by Amy Chandler (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Baptiste Brossard is lecturer in sociology at the Australian National University. His research agenda addresses various mental health-related […]

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The Need to ‘Do Something’

By Akiko Hart And here we are: yet again, the need to ‘do something’, anything, about social media and self-harm. The latest furore, borne of the tragic suicide of Molly Russell, is part of a longer tirade against social media and against self-harm, by people who don’t understand either and would take them away from […]

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Acceptance and Constraint – Contemporary Perspectives of Self-Harm on Locked Wards

By Rebecca Fish I began researching experiences of self-harm when I was working at an NHS inpatient unit for people with learning disabilities. In 2000, I embarked on an NHS funded long-term research study with my colleague, Helen Duperouzel, exploring understandings of self-harm from the perspective of care staff and the people detained in the unit. In […]

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The History of the Contagion Hypothesis

By Sarah Chaney Whenever I’ve given a talk about the history of self-harm, someone asks the question, “But what about young people on the internet?” This often follows acknowledgment that self-injury – as an act and an understanding of or attitude towards an act – is contextual and historical. Yet somehow, the questioner implies, where […]

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How Might a Social Media Crackdown on Self Harm Content Actually Work?

By Mark Brown Social media as means of ordinary people sharing, discussing and meeting others has democratised the web. Anyone can post, respond, distribute anything they want. It has broken down barriers between people and information and made it possible for anyone, anywhere to discuss or learn about anything they want. There are no editors, […]

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