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Author Millard, Chris, 1983-
Title A history of self-harm in Britain : a genealogy of cutting and overdosing / Chris Millard, Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Research Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.
Imprint Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

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Author Millard, Chris, 1983-
Series Mental health in historical perspective
Mental health in historical perspective.
Subject Self-mutilation -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Self-injurious behavior.
Self Mutilation.
Psychiatry and Psychology
Description 1 electronic resource (ix, 268 pages).
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 Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 244-261) and index.
Note Description based on print version record; resource not viewed.
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.
Access Open access.
Note English.
ISBN 9781137529626 e-pdf
9781137529633 e-pub
113752961X hardback
1137547731 paperback
9781137529619 hardback
9781137547736 paperback
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-1-137-52962-6
OCLC # 938001024
Additional Format Print version: A history of self-harm in Britain Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 9781137529619 (hardback) (DLC) 2015014210

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