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MACEDO, Sybele; PARAVIDINI, João Luiz Leitão  and  PROCHNO, Caio César Souza Camargo. Body and mark: tattoo as form of subjetivation. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.1, pp. 152-161. ISSN 2359-0769.

The article has the intention to discuss body practices in contemporaneity, starting with the idea of body developed by psychoanalysis. Such practices, analysed from the idea of freudian ego and the culture of consumption, represent the fundamental matter of this essay. In order to achieve this, we took psychoanalysis as a starting point and fundamented this work, mainly, in the concepts of Freud and Lacan, to understand the apropriation of the body by the subject and the identificatory dynamics envolved in this process. In this context, the tattoo appears as an act that socially realigns the relationship between the subject and its body, and as an attempt to border the anguishes that ravage the post-modernity subject. We initiate with a brief history of the body until we arrive at contemporaneity. We went through the concepts of narcisism and the stage of the mirror, passing by the fundamental division of the subject and the notion of joy based on the theories of Freud and Lacan. From the concept of discontentment, developed by Freud in 1930, we propose ourselves to discuss the body under the light of the culture of consumption, as an object of joy and fetish to, finally, analyse body art, more especifically tattoos, as a form of subjectivation.

Keywords : body; mark; tattoo; Joy.

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