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This ebook is open entry less than a CC by means of license and charts the increase and fall of assorted self-harming behaviours in twentieth-century Britain. It places self-cutting and overdosing into old point of view, linking them to the large alterations that happen in psychological and actual healthcare, social paintings and wider politics.

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A History of Self-Harm in Britain: A Genealogy of Cutting and Overdosing

This e-book is open entry less than a CC by means of license and charts the increase and fall of assorted self-harming behaviours in twentieth-century Britain. It places self-cutting and overdosing into ancient viewpoint, linking them to the massive alterations that happen in psychological and actual healthcare, social paintings and wider politics.

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It is no coincidence that it emerges in the context of the state’s efforts to manage the social setting, through social work and socialised medicine. In a context wherein collective responsibility for health and social security is established, this idea of health and disease as socially embedded and communicative is widespread. 86 In Jurgen Ruesch and Gregory Bateson’s Communication: The Social Matrix of Psychiatry (1951), Ruesch touches upon the practical shifts mentioned above, noting that ‘[p]sychiatrists have moved out of the enclosing walls of mental institutions and have found a new field of activity in the general hospitals of the community and in private practice’.

It is negligent to collapse this diverse richness into the psychological (or neurobiological or sociological) categories that happen to be current today. Adrian Wilson argues that ‘concepts-of-disease, like all concepts, are human and social products which have changed and developed historically, and which thus form the proper business of the historian’. He describes the consequences of retroactive re-description, an approach in which diseases throughout history have been identified with their modern names-and-concepts ...

87 A decade later, Thomas Szasz’s The Myth of Mental Illness (1961) casts hysteria as an archetype for psychiatric practice, an ‘historical paradigm of the sorts of phenomena to which the term “mental illness” refers’. In other words, hysteria is not only an excellent example, but the definitive example. One of the pivotal chapters in this foundational text of antipsychiatry is ‘Hysteria as Communication’. 88 This also links up to Derrick Dunlop’s (1967) and Raymond Jack’s (1992) associations of self-poisoning with hysteria.

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