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Self-injury places in a  semiotic perspective
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2071-349X
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Self-injury practice involves activities that take place on the skin. In this paper I argue that this activity is not only taking place on the skin; the cutting is also creating a special place – a wounded skin. From this domain stories of emotional distress and/or disorders are communicated.

Skin is often apprehended as the surface of the individual, and giving it to much attention is interpreted as expressions of superficiality or shallowness. As a point of departure this paper suggests that the wounded cut up skin of a self-injurer contradicts these notions. In this reading skin becomes the place where identity is produced as a discursive meeting between an apprehended inner self and a world posit outside. Superficiality is not something pejorative - it's all there is.

On internet self-injurers create communities where members share stories, discuss experiences and show images of their wounds - different modalities that are expressing a common semiotic principle. Verbal and visual  texts reveal how a place (the place of the wounded skin) is constructed with the help of different modes - based on the principle of the cut. This principle can refer to loss of control, of being a victim - but also the opposite, as an act of agents formulating aggressive response against an intolerable situation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
self-injury, pain, internet community, new media, semiotic, modality
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Humanities, Art science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-20285OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-20285DiVA: diva2:535870
Conference
Places, people, stories an interdisciplinary & international conference. Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden 28-30 September 2011
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2012-06-20 Created: 2012-06-20 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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