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Author Millard, Chris, 1983- author

Title A history of self-harm in Britain : a genealogy of cutting and overdosing / Chris Millard, Wellcome Trust Humanities Research Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Published Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 268 pages)
Series Mental health in historical perspective
Mental health in historical perspective.
Contents Introduction: self-harm from social setting to neurobiology -- 1. Early twentieth-century self-harm: cut throats, general and mental medicine -- 2. Communicative self-damage: war, NHS and social work -- 3. Self-harm becomes epidemic: Mental Health (1959) and Suicide (1961) Acts -- 4. Self-harm as a result of domestic distress -- 5. Self-harm as self-cutting: inpatients and internal tension -- Conclusion: the politics of self-harm: social setting and self-regulation
Summary "This book is open access under a CC BY license and is the first account of self-harming behaviour in its proper historical and political context. The rise of self-cutting and overdosing in the 20th century is linked to the sweeping changes in mental and physical health, and wider political context. The welfare state, social work, Second World War, closure of the asylums, even the legalization of suicide, are all implicated in the prominence of self harm in Britain. The rise of 'overdosing as a cry for help' is linked to the integration of mental and physical healthcare, the NHS, and the change in the law on suicide and attempted suicide. The shift from overdosing to self-cutting as the most prominent 'self-damaging' behaviour is also explained, linked to changes in hospital organization and the wider rise of neoliberal politics. Appreciation of history and politics is vital to understanding the psychological concerns over these self-harming behaviours"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (OAPEN, viewed July 12, 2016)
Subject Self-injurious behavior.
Self-mutilation -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Psychiatry and Psychology
Self Mutilation.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1137529628 (electronic bk.)
9781137529626 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Genealogy of cutting and overdosing