Why Do We Hurt Ourselves? (Paperback)

Baptiste Brossard

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Why does an estimated 5% of the general population intentionally and repeatedly hurt themselves? What are the reasons certain people resort to self-injury as a way to manage their daily lives? In Why Do We Hurt Ourselves, sociologist Baptiste Brossard draws on a five-year survey of self-injurers and suggests that the answers can be traced to social, more than personal, causes. Self-injury is not a matter of disturbed individuals resorting to hurting themselves in the face of individual weaknesses and difficulties. Rather, self-injury is the reaction of individuals to the tensions that compose, day after day, the tumultuousness of their social life and position. Self-harm is a practice that people use to self-control and maintain order-to calm down, or to avoid "going haywire" or "breaking everything." More broadly, through this research Brossard works to develop a perspective on the contemporary social world at large, exploring quests for self-control in modern Western societies.


Product Details

  • Product code: BQORW
  • ISBN: 9780253036407
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 22.9cm x 15.2cm
  • Pages: 208
  • Publish date: Sun Jul 01 00:00:00 BST 2018
  • Book points: 18

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