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Inked women: narratives at the intersection of tattoos, childhood sexual abuse, gender and the tattoo renaissance

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dc.contributor.author Armstrong de Almeida, Ana-Elisa
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-04T20:04:26Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-04T20:04:26Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en
dc.date.issued 2009-05-04T20:04:26Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1403
dc.description.abstract This study explores how heavily tattooed women with a history of childhood sexual abuse give meaning to their tattooing practices in view of the recent appropriation of tattooing by the mainstream. Embodied feminist poststructuralist theory revealed the ways that dominant discourses on gender, beauty, painful body modifications, and childhood sexual abuse intersect and interact in attempts to shape the identities of the participants. These intersections also reveal the participants’ resistance strategies and the process of identity transformation they engage in as they get tattoos. The constitution of identities through discourses offers alternative ways of seeing this population, challenging dominant discourses regarding female survivors of childhood sexual abuse tattooing practices. The research methodology used was a qualitative approach based on ‘interpretive interactionism.’ This approach makes visible and accessible to the reader, the problematic lived experiences of the participants through their narratives. The research methods involved several in-depth interviews with three heavily tattooed women who were survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The analysis involved interpreting the meanings participants gave to their tattooing practices in relation to how they construct their identities as they negotiate gender ideology, the tattoo renaissance, self-injury practices as related to tattooing, healing from childhood sexual abuse and oppressive beauty ideals. This study unearthed alternative ways of conceptualizing painful practices, female aesthetics, tattooing, women’s body reclamation projects, emotional trauma release, embodied domination, and bodily learning. It also offered insights into how the participants fragment their subjectivities and actively take over the authorship of their identities as they also try to positively influence their environments, challenge beauty norms and seek healing outside of traditional therapeutic environments. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Child and Youth Care en
dc.subject Tattoos en
dc.subject Child Sexual Abuse en
dc.subject Self-injury en
dc.subject Tattoo Renaissance en
dc.subject Qualitative Research Methods en
dc.subject Layered Accounts en
dc.subject Narrative en
dc.subject Gender en
dc.subject Feminist Poststructuralist Theory en
dc.subject Embodiment en
dc.subject Interpretive Interactionism en
dc.subject Women en
dc.subject Counselling en
dc.subject Trauma en
dc.subject Non-traditional Therapeutic Approaches en
dc.subject Dissociation en
dc.subject PTSD en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Social Sciences::Women's studies en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Communication and the Arts::Art en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Social Sciences::Social service en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Sociology::Social structure en
dc.title Inked women: narratives at the intersection of tattoos, childhood sexual abuse, gender and the tattoo renaissance en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Artz, Sibylle
dc.degree.department School of Child and Youth Care en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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