The Sociological Definition Of Tattoing By C. Wright Mills

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The sociological imagination has been defined by C. Wright Mills (1959) as the “vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society. This in essence, refers to being able to look at the world around you from different perspectives and to think about things in ways that we normally wouldn’t consider. It’s a way of stepping out from what we consider to be comfortable in order to help us understand the world around us and the people that live in it. The behaviour that I choose to use social imagination on is tattooing.
“Tattooing is the practice of making permanent designs on the body. It is done by pricking small holes in the skin with a sharpened stick, bone, or needle that has been dipped in pigments with natural colours.” ( The World Book Encyclopedia, 2004).
When someone mentions tattooing or tattoos, the first reason that comes to mind as to why someone would get a tattoo is that it was done for the aesthetic appeal, as a sort of piece of art done on the body, but now after looking at it using sociological imagination perspective, I realise that tattoos have very different meanings to those who have them. Some people do in fact choose to get tattoos solely for the aesthetic appeal, however there a great deal of more who get tattoos for other reasons.
People get tattoos to show their love or appreciation of things that have a significant or a sentimental meaning to them, this could be a way to commemorate an important day or time in their

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