Samuel Belkin is a sociocultural anthropologist and sociologist. His research focuses on the interdisciplinary connections between symbolic anthropology and figurational sociology illustrated through body modifications. The populations for his studies are variant and cover a broad spectrum including tattooed American white collar workers, professional & collegiate basketball players, and Thai sak yant tattoos. Using a figurational and symbolic approach, he focuses on how body modifications and the surrounding rituals act as chains of interdependency connecting figurations and the resulting sociogenesis. Sam’s interests include ritual behavior, body modifications, American culture, popular culture, workplace culture, semiotics, and power structures in the workplace.
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