Body Style (Subcultural Style) by Therèsa M. Winge

By Therèsa M. Winge

Physique kind unearths the subcultural physique as a website for figuring out subcultural id, resistance, organization, and style. Analyzed, theorized, politicized, and sensationalized, the subcultural physique capabilities as a framework the place members construct a feeling of self and subcultural identification. Drawing on particular subcultural examples and interviews with participants, physique kind explores the subcultural physique and its kind inside worldwide tradition.

Body variety is the results of over twelve years of analysis interpreting those intersections inside particular city subcultures, together with city Tribals, sleek Primitives, Punks, Cybers, Industrials, Skaters, and others. Divided into 3 major sections on subcultural physique heritage, subcultural physique identification and subcultural physique kinds, this e-book could be of specific curiosity to scholars of gown and model in addition to these coming to tradition from sociology and cultural stories.

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Some types of scarification used by the Modern Primitives are skinning, resurfacing, cutting, and branding. In this way, (designed) bodily scarification is a representation of the subcultural body within the Urban Tribal movement. Scarification by skinning focuses primarily on large areas of skin, but very small areas may also be modified with this mode (Winge 2004e). A scarifier or knife-style tool outlines a designated design into the skin’s surface (T. Winge, unpublished research fieldnotes, 2003).

The permanent control over the body through body modification practices has great appeal to individuals wanting to claim a lifelong subcultural identity. This, of course, is only a temporary control since the body will age, reclaiming its natural position and role, albeit modified. The anthropological and ethnographic accounts about the Modern Primitives and their connections to non-Western cultures are well documented in a variety of sources. Many accounts include numerous visuals that identify types of body modifications and related body practices.

In pursuit of transcendence, Urban Tribal and Modern Primitive subculture members make use of body modifications rarely seen, such as scarification, amputation, and splitting, creating a uniquely progressive and controversial subcultural body. Scarification, Amputation, and Splitting An example of a rarely seen modification by Modern Primitive members is scarification to permanently modify the surface texture and appearance of the skin; this is achieved with cuttings created in predetermined designs by using body modification techniques.

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