Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Tattooing and the Generalized Other
by Williams, Caitlyn, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2017, 88; 10615381
Abstract (Summary)

The primary purpose of this study was to examine how women who are considering tattoos understand the action in relation to the Generalized Other. Data was derived from qualitative interviews conducted with women of various ages; some with and without tattoos. Understood stereotypes and perceptions of tattooed individuals were discussed, in addition to various reasons for obtaining a tattoo. How these beliefs and expectations were manifested within the interview participants’ lives was also discussed, as it was important to know what reference groups helped to form their Generalized Others and therefore, aided in influencing their personal decisions regarding the act of tattooing.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Maátita, Florence
Commitee: Cannon, Kevin, Frey Spurlock, Connie, Heil, Erin
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Sociology
Keywords: Gender, Generalized other, Tattoos, Women
Publication Number: 10615381
ISBN: 9780355219326
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