Dangerous arms and everyday activism: a dialogue between two researchers with lived experience of self-harm

Fiona J. Stirling*, Amy Chandler*

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Abstract

Using the format of dialogue, this paper is a collaborative exploration of navigating academia in self-harm scarred bodies. Prompted by the proposal of social media regulators to blur and ban self-harm scars, thus communicating such bodies as “dangerous,” our dialogue considers personal notions of activism, researcher identity, emotional labor, future potential, and the importance of finding and building communities for embodied solidarity. Structured as a single flowing discussion, the dialogue itself is (re)constituted from conversation, follow-up emails, and reviewer feedback. Explorations rely predominantly on personal experience and are supported in places by literature which has informed and shaped our ideas. In itself, this paper will be an “everyday act of defiance” in being seen, as well as advocating for spaces such as ECQI where meaningful connections can be instigated and maintained, and dialogues continued.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-170
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Review of Qualitative Research
Volume14
Issue number1
Early online date2 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021

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