Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art

Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art

by Michael M. Atkinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802085687

ISBN-13: 9780802085689

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Tattoos have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among young people. While tattooing is used as a symbol of personal identity and social communication, there has been little sociological study of the phenomenon. In Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art, tattoo enthusiasts share their stories about their bodies and tattooing experiences. Michael…  See more details below

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Tattoos have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among young people. While tattooing is used as a symbol of personal identity and social communication, there has been little sociological study of the phenomenon. In Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art, tattoo enthusiasts share their stories about their bodies and tattooing experiences. Michael Atkinson shows how enthusiasts negotiate and celebrate their 'difference' as it relates to the social stigma attached to body art - how the act of tattooing is as much a response to the stigma as it is a form of personal expression - and how a generation has appropriated tattooing as its own symbol of inclusiveness. Atkinson further demonstrates how the displaying of tattooed bodies to others - techniques of disclosure, justification, and representation - has become a part of the shared experience.

Cultural sensibilities about tattooing are discussed within historical context and in relation to broader trends in body modification, such as cosmetic surgery, dieting, and piercing. The author also employs research from a number of disciplines, as well as contemporary sociological and postmodern theory, to analyze the enduring social significance of body art.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802085689
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Tattooing as Body Modification3
2Tattoo and Sociogenesis23
3Academic and Media Representations51
4Meeting Tattoo Enthusiasts69
5Subculture or Figuration?91
6Sociogenesis and Personality Structures127
7Life-course Transition and Representation: The Deviance Tightrope157
8Shame, Social Control, and Display207
9The Body-modification Habits of Canadians237
References267
Index289

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