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Tattoo Culture: Theory and Contemporary Contexts

Lee Barron

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Rowman & Littlefield International
15 May 2017
Body art & tattooing; Cultural studies; Sociology
Tattoos are a highly visible social and cultural sight, from TV series that represent the lives of tattoo artists and their interactions with clients, to world-class sports stars and the social actors we meet on a daily basis who display visible tattoo designs. Whereas in the not-to-distant past tattoos were commonly culturally perceived to represent an outward sign of social non-conformity or even deviance, tattoos now increasingly transcend class, gender, and age boundaries and arguably are now more culturally acceptable than they have ever been. But why is this the case, and why do so many social actors elect to wear tattoos? Tattoo Culture explores these questions from historical, cultural and media perspectives, but also from the heart of the culture itself, from the dynamics of the tattoo studio, the work of the artist and the world of the tattoo convention, to the perspective of the social actors who bear designs to investigate the meanings which lie being the images. It critically examines the ways in which tattoos alter social actors' sense of being and their relationship with time in the semiotic ways with which they communicate, to themselves or to the wider world, key elements of their bodily and personal identity and sense of being.
By:   Lee Barron
Imprint:   Rowman & Littlefield International
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 151mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   313g
ISBN:   9781783488278
ISBN 10:   1783488271
Pages:   204
Publication Date:   15 May 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lee Barron is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Northumbria.

Reviews for Tattoo Culture: Theory and Contemporary Contexts

By combining the philosophies of semiotics and phenomenonology along with his expertise in celebrity and popular cultures, Lee Barron examines the personal and social impacts of collecting tattoos for those in the United Kingdom. Tattoo Culture adds a powerful new ethnographic edition to the global focus on tattoo popularity in consumer societies. -- Beverly Yuen Thompson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Siena College, USA Lee Barron's Tattoo Culture: Theory and Contemporary Contexts is a fascinating new look at contemporary tattoo culture. Combining semiotic theory, phenomenology and ethnography, Tattoo Culture offers a welcome new contribution to the growing scholarly literature about a phenomenon that continues to attract--and repel--millions. -- Margo DeMello, Adjunct Professor, Anthrozoology Program, Canisius College


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