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Customizing The Body
Originally published in 1989, this ground-breaking ethnographic exploration of tattooingOCoand the art world surrounding itOCocovers the history, anthropology and sociology of body modification practices; the occupational experience of the tattooist; the process and social consequences of becoming a tattooed person; and the prospects of serious tattooing becoming an ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published May 11th 1990 by Temple University Press
(first published 1989)
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This book was great. It was one of the only non-fiction books I could finish in one week! I liked it because I was a sociology student in college. This book is the result of a sociological study that employed surveys and ethnography. It was the first time I read a sociological text since college and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sanders wrote this in the late 1980s, and recently updated it with an introduction and conclusion. Sanders’ dark humor/use of the word plebian had me at this introduction ...more