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Making Sense of Self-harm

The Cultural Meaning and Social Context of Nonsuicidal Self-injury


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Peter Steggals
    Pages 1-16
  3. Peter Steggals
    Pages 17-51
  4. Peter Steggals
    Pages 52-84
  5. Peter Steggals
    Pages 85-121
  6. Peter Steggals
    Pages 122-157
  7. Peter Steggals
    Pages 158-192
  8. Peter Steggals
    Pages 193-213
  9. Peter Steggals
    Pages 214-217
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 219-242

About this book


Making Sense of Self-Harm provides an alternative approach to understanding nonsuicidal self-injury; using Cultural Sociology to analyse it more as a practice than an illness and exploring it as a powerful cultural idiom of personal distress and social estrangement that is peculiarly resonant with the symbolic life of late-modern society.


economy self-injury sociology stress

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityUK

About the authors

Peter Steggals is Visiting Researcher in Medical Sociology at Newcastle University, UK. He has previously worked with self-harming prisoners as part of a Forensic Psychology unit in Her Majesty's Prison Service.

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