The Aesthetics of Self-Harm The Visual Rhetoric of Online Self-Harm Communities


Zoe Alderton, "The Aesthetics of Self-Harm: The Visual Rhetoric of Online Self-Harm Communities"
English | ISBN: 1138638315 | 2018 | 224 pages | PDF | 4 MB
The Aesthetics of Self-Harm presents a new approach to understanding parasuicidal behaviour, based upon an examination of online communities that promote performances of self-harm in the pursuit of an idealised beauty. The book considers how online communities provide a significant level of support for self-harmers and focuses on relevant case studies to establish a new model for the comprehension of the online supportive community.


To do so, Alderton explores discussions of self-harm and disordered eating on social networks. She examines aesthetic trends that contextualise harmful behavior and help people to perform feelings of sadness and vulnerability online. Alderton argues that the traditional understanding of self-violence through medical discourse is important, but that it misses vital elements of human group activity and the motivating forces of visual imagery.
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