The Japanese Journal of Personality
Online ISSN : 1349-6174
Print ISSN : 1348-8406
ISSN-L : 1348-8406
A Female's Makeup Acts as a Narrative: Dialogical Topos and Addresses
Ayae KidoYoko Yamada
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2013 Volume 21 Issue 3 Pages 244-253


This study investigated how makeup acts by using a narrative approach, especially focusing on the topos and dialogicality. Interviews were conducted with four women involved in beauty work (age 23–61), which modeled the linkage between the topos and the process of makeup. First, the differentiation of topos as addressee and the process of makeup were modeled from their narratives. Second, we modeled the topos that became the addressee, using the Life Rings Model (Yamada & Yamada, 2009). The results showed that the makeup process and the topos as addressee are constructed multiplexly in the compound relations between the actor and another person. The meanings of the makeup acts are organized, based on individual experience and transformed in one's developmental process. This study provides a new suggestion for the study of makeup, that an important role of makeup is to transform the state of oneself.

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