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Gender trouble, resistance and the will to power: experiences and societal perceptions of the tattooed female body.

Beale, Claire Louise (2014)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analyse and identify gender differences in the societal experiences of tattooed men and women. How tattooed women negotiate the 'double- edged sword' phenomenon as well as what makes tattooed female bodies resistant in today's society will also be addressed. A combination of online forums and surveys was used to collect data, and a content analysis was conducted to interpret the results. My participants' accounts of their tattoos demonstrated gender differences according to the image and location of their tattoos, as well as within the frequency of negative societal and familial reactions, of which the female participants reported more negative experiences. It was also found that the resistant element of my female participants' tattoos can be found in their reaction to these negative experiences rather than in the image or location of their tattoos.

Type of Work:M.Phil. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Ross, Charlotte and Foster, Emma
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Modern Languages
Subjects:HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:5004
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