Self-injury as Embodied Emotion Work: Managing Rationality, Emotions and Bodies

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Drawing on narrative research conducted in the UK about self-injury and embodiment, this article presents a novel sociological analysis of self-injury, utilizing the concept of emotion work. By focusing explicitly on embodied methods of ‘doing’ emotion work, the article highlights the under-recognized importance of examining the practical, corporeal practices that can be involved in emotion work. I reflect on the sociological and theoretical significance of examining self-injury as embodied emotion work – both as an analytic concept and as a narrative resource.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-457
Issue number3
Early online date14 Mar 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • self-injury
  • self-harm
  • emotions
  • embodiment


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