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(trans)formation of image: Symbolic consumption, self, and society

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Date Issued:
2002
Summary:
In the United States tattooing has become popularized. Tattoo studios are now commonplace commercial venues. Tattooing has become a legitimate art form. This research examines the commodification of tattooing in South Florida and the relationship between consumption and identity production. In efforts to express the self and exert control over the body, individuals adorn themselves. In the United States we are increasingly using tattoos as one form of self-expression. However, this expression is grounded in Western consumerist ideals. It is through consumption of the symbolic commodity of the tattoo that the individual expresses the self and asserts control over the body.
Title: The (trans)formation of image: Symbolic consumption, self, and society.
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Name(s): Bauer, Daniel Eric
Florida Atlantic University, Degree Grantor
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Department of Anthropology
Harris, Michael S., Thesis Advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2002
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 88 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: In the United States tattooing has become popularized. Tattoo studios are now commonplace commercial venues. Tattooing has become a legitimate art form. This research examines the commodification of tattooing in South Florida and the relationship between consumption and identity production. In efforts to express the self and exert control over the body, individuals adorn themselves. In the United States we are increasingly using tattoos as one form of self-expression. However, this expression is grounded in Western consumerist ideals. It is through consumption of the symbolic commodity of the tattoo that the individual expresses the self and asserts control over the body.
Identifier: 9780493547138 (isbn), 12876 (digitool), FADT12876 (IID), fau:9750 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2002.
Subject(s): Anthropology, Cultural
Design and Decorative Arts
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