Why Do We Hurt Ourselves?: Understanding Self-harm in Social Life
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 "e;going haywire"e; or "e;breaking everything."e; 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.