Date of Award
Master of Arts
Using autoethnographic accounts from the author and the literature as a starting point, this researcher conducted in-depth life history interviews with former self-injurers. This research problematizes current perceptions of self-injury by looking beyond the typical pro/con debates and pathologizing discourses used to define and interpret self-injury. My specific research question is, "In what ways, if any, does self-injury serve as a narrative resource when self-injurers tell the story of their life?" Study participants engaged in biographical work that both affirmed and resisted the pathologizing discourses used by both researchers and mainstream society regarding their identity.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Presson, Brittany E., "Beyond Cutting: Restorying Self-Injury" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 880.