A conversation about self harm

How can we understand self-harm from a sociological perspective? Two ground-breaking recent books address this question: Self-Injury, Medicine and Society: Authentic Bodies (2016) by Amy Chandler and Why do we Hurt Ourselves? Understanding Self-Harm in Social Life (2018) by Baptiste Brossard. The authors will discuss their research in conversation with Celia Roberts, author of Puberty in Crisis: A Bio-psycho-social Account (2015).

The conversation will explore the nature of self-harm, how it functions and why someone might engage in it. The framing of self-harm as a social and embodied practice provides a fresh perspective which raises questions about the dominant psychological and medical approaches to the phenomenon.

Date & time

Wed 05 Dec 2018, 5–6.30pm


ANU Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, Building 26c, Kingsley Street, Acton ACT


Dr Baptiste Brossard, ANU
Dr Amy Chandler, University of Edinburgh
Professor Celia Roberts, ANU


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