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The Discourse of Cutting: A Study of Visual Representations of Self-Injury on the Internet
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2071-349X
2010 (English)In: Making Sense of Pain: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives / [ed] Fernandez, Jane, Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010, 237-248 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter some results from a study of over 6000 photographs of self-inflicted injuries is presented. The typical image is taken by somebody that presents themselves as females; it depicts a body part: an arm which has been cut. Seldom contextualised content is represented. Analyses from a traditional feminists perspective is likely to produce an interpretation that these images shows feminine bodies victimized under a patriarchal oppression. But here an alternative interpretation that focus on the fact that the few contextualised features makes identifications possible for many people regardless of sex, culture, class, race etc. The images emphasize the body and the wound, entities that ‘everybody’ can relate to. We should also consider the aggressive character of the act of cutting. Therefore an alternative interpretation is suggested that emphasize cutting as an act of resistance from a position that’s not necessary based on traditional gender formations. The place for this struggle is the skin and the paper concludes with a suggestion that skin is not only the place for cutting but also the actual place for discursive closure and establishing of identity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010. 237-248 p.
Series
Probing the Boundaries, 135
Keyword [en]
Self-injury cutting skin skin ego Internet gender
National Category
Art History
Research subject
Social Sciences, Gender Studies; Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-10094ISBN: 978-1-84888-36-8 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-10094DiVA: diva2:388466
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Smärtans semiotik - självfogad smärta som kommunikation
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2011-01-17 Created: 2011-01-17 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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