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

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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,

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Hardcover, 252 pages
Published August 22nd 2011 by New York University Press
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Alice
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...more
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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...more
Shelby Wittenberg
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.
Monique
Jul 16, 2014 Monique is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
"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."
Sara
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
Stephen Cranney
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.
Nzfiend
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...
Tree
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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