The consumption of tattoos and tattooing : the body as permanent text

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/88534
Title:
The consumption of tattoos and tattooing : the body as permanent text
Authors:
Follett, John Alan
Abstract:
In this thesis, I investigate permanence through exploring tattoo consumption in terms of the social-historical context of being tattooed. The analysis is based on four years of data collection adopting a grounded theory approach. I present an analysis of how permanence occurs in terms of tattoo consumption, with particular interest in the physical permanence in relation to identity creation. This is set within the framework of Consumer Culture Theory (CCT). The reason for this is twofold, firstly to illustrate the ability of using tattooing as an instrument to investigate permanence within CCT. Secondly, to show the lack of use of the socio-historical perspective within such an investigation, and to show that the use of such data is a valid strategy and which adds depth and context to such an investigation. Furthermore, I suggest that tattoo consumption has become a site of embodied expression that is bounded by physicality, and permanence. I present a typology of tattooed consumers based on levels of commitment and explore in depth two main categories, physicality, and, permanence. I find that the physical permanence is shown through the commitment to tattoo usage. Its permanent nature determines the tattoo as an act of consumption that is dualistic in nature; both accepted, and yet equally rejected, which is seen within the consumers‘ negotiation of its use, in terms of mimicry and placement. Being tattooed represents a form of consumption that contravenes certain rules and norms of society, and yet at the same time is the basis for community membership and adherence to a set of sub-cultural norms and values.
Advisors:
Goulding, Christina
Publisher:
University of Wolverhampton
Issue Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/88534
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of Wolverhampton for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorGoulding, Christinaen
dc.contributor.authorFollett, John Alanen
dc.date.accessioned2009-12-23T10:17:42Z-
dc.date.available2009-12-23T10:17:42Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/88534-
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of Wolverhampton for the degree of Doctor of Philosophyen
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I investigate permanence through exploring tattoo consumption in terms of the social-historical context of being tattooed. The analysis is based on four years of data collection adopting a grounded theory approach. I present an analysis of how permanence occurs in terms of tattoo consumption, with particular interest in the physical permanence in relation to identity creation. This is set within the framework of Consumer Culture Theory (CCT). The reason for this is twofold, firstly to illustrate the ability of using tattooing as an instrument to investigate permanence within CCT. Secondly, to show the lack of use of the socio-historical perspective within such an investigation, and to show that the use of such data is a valid strategy and which adds depth and context to such an investigation. Furthermore, I suggest that tattoo consumption has become a site of embodied expression that is bounded by physicality, and permanence. I present a typology of tattooed consumers based on levels of commitment and explore in depth two main categories, physicality, and, permanence. I find that the physical permanence is shown through the commitment to tattoo usage. Its permanent nature determines the tattoo as an act of consumption that is dualistic in nature; both accepted, and yet equally rejected, which is seen within the consumers‘ negotiation of its use, in terms of mimicry and placement. Being tattooed represents a form of consumption that contravenes certain rules and norms of society, and yet at the same time is the basis for community membership and adherence to a set of sub-cultural norms and values.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Wolverhamptonen
dc.rightsAll attempts have been made to gain permission from copyright holders for material within this thesis. In terms of individuals who gave commentary and textual web based experience permission was gained from all. All photos have been removed that copyright is not gained, if copyright holders contact for items to be removed in the future then this be undertaken.en
dc.subjectMarketingen
dc.subjectGrounded theoryen
dc.subjectTattoosen
dc.subjectTattooingen
dc.subjectConsumer behaviouren
dc.subjectPermanenceen
dc.titleThe consumption of tattoos and tattooing : the body as permanent texten
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
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