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Den här tatueringen definierar mig (inte): En studie av de diskurser som omgärdar den allt populärare praktiken tatuering
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
This tattoo (doesn’t) define me : A study of the discourses that surround the evermore popular practice of tattooing (English)
Abstract [sv]

Den här uppsatsen undersöker de diskurser som kan formuleras kring hur tatuerade personer talar om sig själva och om tatueringskonsten, utifrån en diskursanalytisk studie av intervjuer i Scandinavian Tattoo Magazine. Uppsatsens teoretiska och metodologiska ramverk är byggt kring Marianne Winther Jørgensens och Louise Phillips diskursteoretiska begreppsbygge, som i sig framförallt grundas i Ernesto Laclaus och Chantal Mouffes diskursanalytiska begrepp. De formulerade diskurserna; sexualitetsdiskursen, ironiseringsdiskursen, möjligheternas diskurs, individualitetsdiskursen och maskulinitetsdiskursen, har diskuterats utifrån begrepp tagna från Mary Douglas (renhet och fara), Slavoj Žižek (cynism) samt Peter L. Berger och Thomas Luckmann (typifieringschema och face-to-face-situationen).

Uppsatsens analys visade att kvinnor inte bara föredras som representanter för tatuering i tidskriftens intervjuer, utan också att de, till skillnad från männen, sexualiseras kraftigt. Vidare har teorier framlagts kring relevanta diskursers utvecklingar vad gäller hur de intervjuade identifierar sig med själva praktiken, och slutsatser kunde även dras kring tatuerings individualiserande aspekter, där analysen tyder på att gränserna inom tatuering, vad gäller exempelvis motiv och val av placering, kommer att flyttas fram kontinuerligt i framtiden.

Abstract [en]

This essay examines the discourses that can be formulated around how tattooed people talk about themselves and about tattoo as a practice. This is based on a discourse analysis study of interviews made in Scandinavian Tattoo Magazine. The essays theoretical and methodological framework is built around Marianne Winther Jørgensens and Louise Phillips framework discourse theory, which itself is based mainly in Ernesto Laclaus and Chantal Mouffes discourse analysis concepts. They formulated discourses; the sexuality discourse, the ironic discourse, the discourse of opportunities, the discourse of individuality and the masculinity discourse, has been discussed using concepts taken from Mary Douglas (purity and danger), Slavoj Žižek (cynicism), Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann (reciprocal typification and face-to-face situations).

The essays analysis showed that women are not only preferred as representatives of tattooing in the specific interviews in the magazine, but also that they, as opposed to the men, are heavily sexualized. Theories regarding how relevant discourses surrounding tattoos have developed, based on how the respondents identify with the practice, are also presented, and conclusions were also drawn around the individualizing aspects of tattooing, where the analysis suggests that the boundaries of tattooing, for example in design and choice of location, will be continuously stretched further in the future.

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2013. , 69 p.
Keyword [en]
tattoo, body modification, discourse analysis, representations, interviews
Keyword [sv]
tatuering, kroppsmodifikation, diskursanalys, representationer, intervjuer
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-192354OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-192354DiVA: diva2:589796
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Freestanding course
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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