Shouting through skin: Re/envisioning re/markable bodies
Berberick, Stephanie N.
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This work is about whiteness, white femininity and the politics of vision. It regards, through analysis of hyper-visible, heavily tattooed, white female bodies, the ways in which these power structures seek to dispel forms interpreted as out of place within their strict dictations of identity ownership and dissemination. Engagement with this topic is completed through analysis of primary and secondary sources. Primary sources include a series of interviews and photographs gathered during nine-months of ethnography, whereas secondary sources include a wide array of theoretical texts grounded in critical whiteness, feminist, and sociological studies. Shouting Through Skin outlines not only societal constructions of whiteness and white femininity but also explains the ways in which tattooed bodies come to complicate these constructions and thus fall subject to a number of violations against their forms. As such, certain conditions are explored in order to locate and explain the nature of said violations; these conditions include overall physical appearance, tattoo design and tattoo location, all of which directly influence the reception and treatment of the decorated subject. This writing, while focusing solely on illustrated, female individuals, is meant to examine societal constructions of personhood and the faulty nature of vision and how we, as a collective, can begin to re/envision the world and our navigation of it.