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Authentic Bodies, Authentic Selves

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Abstract

This final, concluding chapter draws together a number of threads relating to authenticity, which have been raised in earlier chapters. I show how a view of authenticity as, variously, normative, phenomenological and socially constructed opens up further ways of understanding narratives about self-injury. Authenticity emerges as a central concept in how self-injury is articulated, and how narratives about the practice draw on wider cultural ideas about emotions, bodies and medicine. I conclude with some final reflections on the importance of medicine, embodiment and the social to cultural understandings about the practice of self-injury.

Keywords

Negative Emotion Psychotropic Drug Cosmetic Surgery Physical Pain Emotional Pain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LincolnLincolnUK

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