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Concerning ConsequencesStudies in Art, Destruction, and Trauma$
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Kristine Stiles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226774510

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226304403.001.0001

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Shaved Heads and Marked Bodies: Representations from Cultures of Trauma (1993)1

Shaved Heads and Marked Bodies: Representations from Cultures of Trauma (1993)1

(p.47) Shaved Heads and Marked Bodies: Representations from Cultures of Trauma (1993)1
Concerning Consequences

Kristine Stiles

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines two sites within the cultures of trauma: “shaved heads” and “marked bodies.” “Shaved heads” are a representation pertaining both to an image and to a style, resulting from a wide variety of social and political experiences outside of the context of the visual arts. “Marked bodies” are a representation that refers to the performative paradigm that developed within society and the visual arts, an aesthetic practice that is rooted deeply in cultures of trauma in accordance with larger political frames of destruction and violence. The chapter considers examples of shaved heads in history that inhabit the visual memory of culture, a memory of the history of war, domination, and colonization across whose pages bodies reach back to the Old and New Testaments and forward to the white power of skinheads.

Keywords:   cultures of trauma, shaved heads, marked bodies, visual arts, trauma, destruction, violence, visual memory, culture, skinheads

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