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Bodies under Siege Self-mutilation, Nonsuicidal Self-injury, and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry by Armando R. (Emeritus Professor, University of Missouri) Favazza
  

Bodies under Siege Self-mutilation, Nonsuicidal Self-injury, and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry

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Bodies under Siege Self-mutilation, Nonsuicidal Self-injury, and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry by Armando R. (Emeritus Professor, University of Missouri) Favazza

A quarter century after it was first published, Bodies under Siege remains the classic, authoritative book on self-mutilation. Now in its third edition, this invaluable work is updated throughout with findings from hundreds of new studies, discussions of new models of self-injury, an assessment of the S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) program, and the Bill of Rights for People Who Self-harm. Armando Favazza's pioneering work identified a wide range of forces, many of them cultural and societal, that compel or impel people to mutilate themselves. This new edition examines the explosive growth in the incidence of self-injurious behaviors and body modification practices. Favazza critically assesses new and significant biological, ethnological, social, and psychological findings regarding self-injury; presents current understandings of self-injurious acts from cultural and clinical perspectives; and places self-mutilation in historical and contemporary context.

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The book is very well written and extremely informative, and Favazza has produced a refreshingly honest and objective account of self-harming behaviour... There is much to be learned from this book and, for clinicians or academics working with people who self-harm, it is an invaluable resource. * British Journal of Psychiatry * Bodies Under Siege is an excellent book dealing with self-mutilation in depth and breadth. It is a clinical volume that should be of use to all in the mental health field. The book is also an anthropological contribution to the understanding of what it means to be human. * Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease * Bodies under Siege is an excellent book dealing with self-mutilation in depth and breadth. It is a clinical volume that should be of use to all in the mental health field. The book is also an anthropological contribution to the understanding of what it means to be human... I believe that this book will remain a classic in the psychiatric literature, and I recommend it to a wide audience. -- Arthur Freeman, MD * Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease *


About the Author

Armando Favazza, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is a fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychiatrists and is a co-founder of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture.

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Publication date

6th April 2011

Author

Armando R. (Emeritus Professor, University of Missouri) Favazza

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Publisher

Johns Hopkins University Press

Format

Hardback
352 pages

Categories

Psychiatry
Social, group or collective psychology
Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

ISBN

9780801899652

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