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Teenage Suicide Notes: An Ethnography of Self-Harm

Terry Williams


"Picturing myself dying in a way I choose myself seems so comforting, healing and heroic. I'd look at my wrists, watch the blood seeping, and be a spectator in my last act of self-determination. By having lost all my self-respect it seems like the last pride I own, determining the time I die."-Kyra V., seventeen Reading the confessions of a teenager contemplating suicide is uncomfortable, but we must do so to understand why self-harm has become epidemic, especially in the United States. What drives teenagers to self-harm? What makes death so attractive, so liberating, and so inevitable for so ... More

Keywords: ethnography, collage ethnography, suicide, culture of refusal, family, homosexuality, cross dressing, hitching, lesbian, self-mutilation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231177900
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231177900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terry Williams, author
New School for Social Research