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dc.contributorWilliam, Davis
dc.contributorJacqueline, Luce
dc.contributor.advisorHornstein, Gail
dc.contributor.authorVilain, Cameron
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-29T13:45:33Z
dc.date.available2017-06-29T13:45:33Z
dc.date.issued2017-06-29
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10166/4057
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated the nature of the relationships between individuals and their own tattoo(s). Through considering the personal construction of symbolic meaning involved with getting and having a tattoo, this research addressed how tattoos serve a performative, significant function for the individuals who wear them. Specifically, attention was paid to how tattoos and their capacity for constructed symbolism play an important, long-term role in how individuals are connected to themselves and/or to the greater world. To address this question, semi-structured in-person interviews were conducted with eight individuals with one or more tattoo(s). Data were analyzed in a qualitative manner, specifically using the method of inductive thematic analysis. This study was ideographic in nature, as this topic had not previously been explored, nor have previous studies utilized qualitative methodology as a means of research for this subject.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipPsychology & Educationen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectpsychologyen_US
dc.subjecttattooen_US
dc.subjecttattoosen_US
dc.subjectsymbolismen_US
dc.subjectarten_US
dc.subjectsemioticen_US
dc.subjectself-expressionen_US
dc.subjectqualitativeen_US
dc.subjectthematic analysisen_US
dc.subjectbodyen_US
dc.subjectselfen_US
dc.titleThe meaning of symbolism in tattoos: A qualitative inquiry into the relationship between individuals and their body arten_US
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.gradyear2017en_US
mhc.institutionMount Holyoke College
mhc.degreeUndergraduateen_US
dc.rights.restrictedrestricteden_US


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