Customizing the Body: The Art and Culture of Tattooing

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Temple University Press, 1989 - Design - 220 pages
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Tattoos continue to be a mark of alienation from the mainstream, but they also have an affiliative effect, identifying one as a member of a select group. This book discusses tattooing as a highly social act as a manipulation of self-image, as a symbolically meaningful form of body alteration in contemporary society.
 

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Contents

Becoming and Being a Tattooed Person
36
Tattooing as a Career and
62
Risk and Social Control
117
Tattooing and the Social Definition
149
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Sanders is Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut.

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