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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Alisa Abaeva
Sociological analysis of the tattooing practice in the case of Moscow students
Faculty of Sociology
Bachelor’s programme
2014
This research project is intended to study the practice of tattooing, through which young people can work with their identity. The theme is relevant, because in a dynamic, diverse and depersonalized world, individuals who are not yet fully formed may experience problems with such categories as self-identity and self-identification. All the complexity of the modern globalized world is the condition for the growth of interest in the practices of the past, expressed in a certain archaic symbols. All the complexity of the modern globalized world is the condition for the growth of interest in the practices of the past, expressed in a certain archaic symbols. To obtain relevant data at first was formed the theoretical frame according to the Russian and foreign literature, and then conducted in-depth interviews with required respondents. The study showed the following results: firstly, the expression of tattooing practice is caused by social context that gives it definite significance in conditions of a neoarchaic society. In this regard, the motives that impel individuals to resort to this practice are varied, as well as subsequent meanings which they endow their tattoos. Secondly, the accession sign systems to the human body is carried out at the level of individual's identity, namely it identifies tattoos with his inner «I», which leads a process of individual’s self-identification in society, implying changes in behavior and perception itself. Thirdly, different spheres of individual’s life form the phenomenon of tattooing. First of all, this practice is related to the dominant structure of human identity in a certain society, as well as the surrounding reality produces values, the possibility of the existence and relevance to this phenomenon. This work provides a good basis for the implementation qualitative and quantitative researches in the future, aimed at studying the phenomenon of tattooing practices inscribed in modern Russian society.

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