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The Discourse of Cutting: Regaining Control and Meaning Making
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2071-349X
2011 (English)In: How Does It Feel?: Making sense of Pain / [ed] Hans T. Sternudd and Angela Tumini, Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011, p. 75-98Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The point of departure for this discussion on pain and identity is an examination ofover 6,000 photos of self-injury, taken from an Internet site. The central issue isself-injury in the form of skin cutting. With a perspective derived from discourseanalysis and feminism, these images are analysed as semiotic and linguistic entitiesthat communicate important messages from bodies in a postmodern society.Notions of the sublime, obscene and other conceptions of limitlessness are centralto the understanding of cutting and the images of it. A discussion of ElaineScarry’s definition on pain leads to an understanding of pain not as a physicalsensation but as a semantic state of chaos, of disorder and trauma. Cutting could beseen as a means to (re)create order and as an expression of anger and resistancewhich has a hidden political potential. Cutting by women also challengeshegemonic notions on femininity. By using psychoanalytic theories of the skin’simportance for identity, the article ends with a suggestion that the actual placewhere identity is constituted is the skin. This theory gives an understanding as towhy skin is being cut as a way to re-establish order when the subject is threatened.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011. p. 75-98
Keywords [en]
Self-injury, cutting, pain, abuse, trauma, skin-ego, identity, discourse analysis, feminism, psychoanalyse.
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Humanities, Art science; Humanities; Social Sciences, Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-14307ISBN: 978-1-84888-050-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-14307DiVA, id: diva2:442218
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Smärtans semiotik – självtillfogad smärta som kommunikation
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2011-09-20 Created: 2011-09-20 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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