Sam Belkin

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Qualifications

M.A. in Theoretical Sociocultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University

B.A. in Cultural Anthropology & Archaeology from the University of Miami

 

PhD Topic

Your Coworker Undressed: Tattoos, Identity, and Stigma in the American White Collar Workplace

Third Year of Study

 

Brief Description of PhD Topic

Through tattooed, white collar workers in America, the study investigates the relationship between tattoos, identity, and stigma in the workplace. The primary aim of this study is to capture, understand, and explore the lived experience of tattooed, white collar workers in the American workplace. Utilizing a naturalistic qualitative perspective, this study will capture and attempt to understand the lived experience of these workers. The ‘lived experience’ is a complex subject; however, by utilizing figurational sociology and symbolic anthropology, this study will be able to address the individual components as well as the overall concept. Specifically, the study attempts to understand the process of how tattoos became acceptable but still remain stigmatized. It will also try to answer what role tattoos play in defining social groups among white collar workers in the workplace, if there is a relationship between masculinity/femininity and tattoos, and if there is a relationship between tattoos and performance in the workplace. Furthermore, the study will also investigate how the stigmatization of tattoos in the workplace affects social performance by examining the common rules, obligations, and tacit knowledge that both enable and constrain what individuals are able to accomplish during their interactions.

 

PhD Supervisors

John Goodwin

Jason Hughes

 

Publications

Sheptak, D. & Belkin, S. (In Prep) An Autoethnographic Study of Coaching & Power [working title].

Belkin, S. & Sheptak, D. (In Prep) Jerseys Off: An Investigation of Basketball Players and Body Commodification [working title].

Belkin, S. & Sheptak, D. (2018) Talking Bodies: Athletes & Tattoos as Nonverbal Communication. The Sport Journal [online]. Available from: https://thesportjournal.org/article/talking-bodies-athletes-tattoos-as-nonverbal-communication/

Belkin, S. (2017) Forward. In: Wolff, C. Mike Belkin: Socks, Sports, Rock & Art. Cleveland, United States, Act3 Publishing.

Belkin, S. (2014) Swag: Tattoos, Identity, and Performance among Professional & Collegiate Basketball Players. ProQuest/UMI.

Belkin, S. (2013) Tattoos, Swagger, & Trends: The influence tattoos in professional basketball are having on how college basketball players view themselves and the game. The Big Sky Conference Journal.

Ardren, T. & Belkin, S. (2012) Excavations at the Coptic Church Site, a Prehistoric Tree Island in Everglades National Park. Florida Anthropologist.

Belkin, S. (2010) A Trek Through the Woods with Michael Booth. In: Ardren, T. (eds.) Coptic Church Site Report. U.S. Everglades National Park

 

Conferences

Belkin, S. (2018) Understanding Tattoos. [Lecture] University of Akron, Akron City Women’s Club, 24th October.

Belkin, S. & Sheptak, D. (2018) ‘Jerseys Off: An Investigation of Basketball Players and Body Commodification’, paper presented to the XIX International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, ‘Sport, Body, and Identity. Part II’, Toronto, 14-21 July.

Belkin, S. & Sheptak, D. (2018) ‘Living to Coach? or Coaching to Live? the Commodification of Youth Sport’, paper presented to the XIX International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, ‘Contemporary Issues in Sociology of Sport. Part I’, Toronto, 14-21 July.

Belkin, S. (2017) ‘Talking Bodies: Athletes & Tattoos as Nonverbal Communication’, paper presented to the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference, ‘The Embodied Self: Corporeality and the Subjective Experience IV’, Windsor, 2-4 November.

Belkin, S. (2016) ‘Swag, Tattoos, Identity, & Performance among Professional & Collegiate Basketball Players’, paper presented to the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference, ‘Sport and Deviance II’, Tampa Bay, 2-5 November.

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