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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reality for whom? Deconstructing ink and the contested “tattooed body”
by Chaudry, Amie Annette, M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2008, 123; 1460994
Abstract (Summary)

The extent to which tattoo culture has been pervasively corporatized within the mainstream over the past decade indicates a critical juncture in the history of Western tattooing, one that signals the transition of the tattoo from a signifier of stigma to one of status, and a turn from the tattoo community of the past to a tattoo industry . I argue that a seemingly accurate body of knowledge called “tattooed reality” is disseminated through this industry and must be analyzed because it conveys a particularly problematic way of knowing, organizing, producing, and representing tattooed bodies. Using data from a media analysis of Miami Ink and L.A. Ink to inform interviews with local tattoo artists, I highlight how the tattooed body has become a contested space as “tattooed reality” discourse fragments and divorces tattooing from its disreputable past, and reappropriates it as an aesthetic cultural commodity of the middle-class.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schultz, Jessica J.
Commitee: Andrews, David L., Roy, Kevin
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Kinesiology
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 47/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American studies, Sociology
Keywords: Commercialization, Media, Tattoo, Tattooed body, Tattooed reality, Tattooing
Publication Number: 1460994
ISBN: 978-0-549-95790-4
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