The Tender Cut
Inside the Hidden World of Self-Injury
Choice's Outstanding Academic Title list for 2013
“Insightful and sympathetic…The extraordinary depth of knowledge of the dimensions of self-injuring will increase the understanding of those who see self-injurers in their work and private lives.”
—Ruth Horowitz, author of Honor and the American Dream: Culture and Identity in a Chicano Community
"Timely, important…In their thorough treatment of the subject, the authors include a history and literature review of this difficult topic, discussions of case histories, and examinations of relational dynamics and social contexts that may lead to cutting…This is a must read for those connected in any way to this topic."
- "But more than a compendium of personal accounts, The Tender Cut charts self-injury's shift from a behavior regarded as pathological and practiced by demonstrably mentally ill to a more widely accepted coping mechanism and a vehicle for the assertion of will or identity...thought-provoking books sheds a many-rayed light on a topic often shrouded in darkness."
—Haili Jones Graff, Bitch Magazine
- "Social, psychological and cultural insights abound in this recommendation for college-level health holdings."
—The Midwest Book Review
- "Adler views self-harm as a kind of 'self-help', rather than a near-suicidal expression."
—Emine Saner, The Guardian
"Adler and Adler's expansive work draws in and integrates multiple perspectives and addresses timely and important issues in the field of self-injury."
—Stephen P. Lewis + Michele L. Davis, Contemporary Psychology
"successfully gives a face to self-injury and how it fits into the larger realm of social understating"
—J Youth Adolescence
"The Tender Cut is an exhaustive, compelling...sociological study."
"The Tender Cut presents a comprehensive discussion of self-injury through a sociological lens...[it] will be...relevant to other people providing support and advice to people who self-harm."
—Emily Klineberg, Sociology of Health & Illness
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