Tattoo Histories: Transcultural Perspectives on the Narratives, Practices, and Representations of Tattooing

Sinah Theres Kloß
Routledge, 25 nov. 2019 - 336 pagina's

Tattoo Histories is an edited volume which analyses and discusses the relevance of tattooing in the socio-cultural construction of bodies, boundaries, and identities, among both individuals and groups. Its interdisciplinary approach facilitates historical as well as contemporary perspectives. Rather than presenting a universal, essentialized history of tattooing, the volume’s objective is to focus on the entangled and transcultural histories, narratives, and practices related to tattoos. Contributions stem from various fields, including Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Linguistics, Media and Literary Studies, Social and Cultural Anthropology, and Sociology. They advance the current endeavour on the part of tattoo scholars to challenge Eurocentric and North American biases prevalent in much of tattoo research, by including various analyses based in locations such as Malaysia, Israel, East Africa, and India. The thematic focus is on the transformative capacity of tattoos and tattooing, with regard to the social construction of bodies and subjectivity; the (re-)creation of social relationships through the definition of (non-)tattooed others; the formation and consolidation of group identities, traditions, and authenticity; and the conceptualization of art and its relevance to tattoo artist–tattooee relations.


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Identity Affirmation of the Horimono
List of Figures
Identity Gender Roles and Tattooing among Italian Lesbian Women
Tattoos in Antiquity
List of Contributors
Masculinity Sexuality and the Tattoo
The Marking of Selves in the TV Series
Transmission of Cultural Knowledges through
The Custom of Marking the Body among the Santals of India
Tattooing Memory and Identity among the Naga of India
Chinese Character Tattoos
Tattoo Tourism and Language
Damien Hirsts Tattoo Work butterfly divided
Incompatible Inking Ideologies in the Ancient Greek World

Tattoos Captivity

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Over de auteur (2019)

Sinah Theres Kloß is a research associate at the Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies, University of Cologne, Germany.

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