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The Tender Cut: Inside the Hidden World of Self-Injury

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2013 Honorable Mention for the Distinguished Book Award presented by the Midwest Sociological Society Honorable Mention for the Charles H. Cooley Award for Outstanding Book from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Cutting, burning, branding, and bone-breaking are all types of self-injury, or the deliberate, non-su
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published August 22nd 2011 by New York University Press
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Oct 24, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
A warning to readers who may be picking this up for fun, this is less of a "book" and more of a very long, albeit well written sociology paper. It can read very very dry if you're not expecting that.

Coming from a psychology background, the sociological treatment of self-injury that this book is based around was, at the least, an exercise in thought for me. I appreciated some of the things that they had to say, despite thier obvious disdain for psychology, medicine, and just about everything els
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May 06, 2015 Shelby Wittenberg rated it did not like it
If I could give this a negative number is ratings, I would. This book does not show you "inside" the life of a self-harmer. It practically promotes self harm and gives it the title of a "fad". IT'S NOT A FAD. People need to realize how much emotional pain a person needs to be in to take a blade or a burning piece of metal to their skin.
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Peter and Patricia “Patti” Adler, both AM’74

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 Cut argues instead that self-injury is often a coping mechanism, a form of teenage angst, an expression of group membership, and a type of
By far one of the best, most thorough books on self-injury that I've read. It is, as some other reviews noted, highly sociological. It can get a bit dry; it reads like the research report that it is. It is geared toward academics rather than the general public. Overall, though, it was very well-researched, well-organized and well-written. But as a forewarning, the book would be very triggering if you were/are involved in self-injury. Even the cover picture (on the edition I read, anyway) is trig ...more
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Jan 28, 2016 Stephen Cranney rated it really liked it
The idea of self injury makes me queesy, so it was hard to finish this book, but considering the number of people who self-injure (about 2% of the population, according to some estimates), it's something to be more educated about. The authors did a good job exploring the experience itself, the rationales behind it, and the history.
Aug 18, 2013 Nzfiend rated it really liked it
A good look at the practicalities of self harm (cutting)... A bit of an eye opener in places, very useful. Thank you to the authors for putting this out there. They are not going to be making millions out of this publication, but was very worthwhile reading...
Mar 17, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it
"As a result, it spread rapidly among populations vulnerable to this mystique, changing from being something that was generally self-invented by individuals in private to a socially learned and contagious behavior."
May 17, 2012 Tree rated it liked it
Anecdotal stories on why people hurt themselves. There were a number of reasons stated why people would cut or burn themselves. It seems mostly about internal distress but also because in some cases it feels good.
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