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Self-injury places in a  semiotic perspective

Sternudd, Hans T., 1955- (författare)
Linnéuniversitetet, Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, KV
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  • <p>Self-injury practice involves activities that take place on the skin. In this paper I argue that this activity is not only taking place <em>on</em> the skin; the cutting is also creating a special <em>place</em> – a wounded skin. From this domain stories of emotional distress and/or disorders are communicated.</p><p>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.</p><p>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 <em>with</em> 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.</p>


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