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dc.contributor.authorBradley, Bridget
dc.identifier.citationBradley , B 2021 , ' From biosociality to biosolidarity : the looping effects of finding and forming social networks for body-focused repetitive behaviours ' , Anthropology & Medicine , vol. Latest articles .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 271679906
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85101241488
dc.descriptionThe research fieldwork was supported by the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science Graduate School Scholarship 2015-2017. A grant from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC/AN/08/020) made it possible to complete this manuscript during a pandemic, and also allowed the article to be provided Open Access.en
dc.description.abstractAnthropological accounts of biosociality reveal the importance of the social relations formed through shared biomedical conditions. In the context of body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRBs), like compulsive hair pulling (trichotillomania) and skin picking (dermatillomania), biosociality moves people from isolation towards community. After diagnosis, the powerful moment of discovering ‘you are not alone’ can lead to immense personal transformations, demonstrating the ‘looping effects’ of diagnosis and biosociality. Yet, biosocial groups do not simply exist, and must first be formed and found and their sustainability requires ongoing work and care from biosocial actors themselves. Biosociality also means different things to different people, often requiring a negotiation between secrecy and disclosure. This article acknowledges the role of stigma in biosociality, differentiating between private and public biosocial experiences. It argues that through biosociality come acts of biosolidarity, where advocacy can improve the visibility and recognition of illness groups. The circular looping effects of biosociality and biosolidarity demonstrate the way that community activism and biosociality reproduce one another. Through reflections from the anthropologist, biosolidarity is considered as a methodological tool that can help scholars to navigate the boundaries between relatedness, sociality and advocacy in the field and beyond.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.en
dc.subjectBody-focused repetitive behavioursen
dc.subjectLooping effectsen
dc.subjectGN Anthropologyen
dc.titleFrom biosociality to biosolidarity : the looping effects of finding and forming social networks for body-focused repetitive behavioursen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Social Anthropologyen
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