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Tender Cut

Tender Cut - 11 edition

ISBN13: 978-0814705070

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ISBN13: 978-0814705070
ISBN10: 0814705073
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 11
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 2011
International: No

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Tender Cut - 11 edition

ISBN13: 978-0814705070

Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler

ISBN13: 978-0814705070
ISBN10: 0814705073
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 11
Publisher: New York University Press

Published: 2011
International: No
Summary

Cutting, burning, branding, and bone-breaking are all types of self-injury, or the deliberate, non-suicidal destruction of one's 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 Cutargues 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 communiqu s. 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 Cutilluminates 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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