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Lecture 7

SOCY 276 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Post-Structuralism

Social Sci, Edu and Soc Work - Sociology
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SOCY 276
Stacey Alarie

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Body Modification - Appearance Issues
Is body modification still considered deviant?
What is Body Modification
Deliberate, physical alteration of the body
Can be a range of behaviours
Piercing, tattooing, scarification, branding etc
A way of presenting oneself to others
Voluntary and intentionally carries cultural meaning.
Can be aesthetic, wanting to look one way.
Can be to identify group membership, self expression.
Can be obvious or hidden, may hold a stigma
Individuals actively seek out these practices of body modification
Violate normative expectations, violate normative boundaries
Body modification as transgressive
Going beyond accepted boundaries
How Body Modification is Identified
A form of art to shock others
Rebellion, challenging social acceptability
Considered extreme deviance
Unaccepted by audience,
Negative reaction, beyond social norms.
Hard to interact with others.
Rejection, Fear of others
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