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Hair Matters : Beauty, Power and Black Women's Consciouness - Ingrid Banks

Hair Matters

Beauty, Power and Black Women's Consciouness

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Published: 1st October 2000
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Introduces the audience to consider the value of the insider/outsider relationship in another's culture -National Women's Studies Association Journal Long hair in the 60s, Afros in the early 70s, bobs in the 80s, fuschia in the 90s. Hair is one of the first attributes to catch our eye, not only because it reflects perceptions of attractiveness or unattractiveness, but also because it conveys important political, cultural, and social meanings, particularly in relation to group identity. Given that mainstream images of beauty do not privilege dark skin and tightly coiled hair, African American women's experience provides a starkly different perspective on the meaning of hair in social identity. --National Women's Studies Association Journal Grab your copy at your local bookseller and get hip to what your hair is saying to others with regards to beauty, culture and politics. Learn about how culture has a love for coifs, because after all, so do you! -Sophisticate's Black Hair Styles Guide Drawing on interviews with over 50 women, from teens to seniors, Hair Matters is the first book on the politics of Black hair to be based on substantive, ethnographically informed research. Focusing on the everyday discussions that Black women have among themselves and about themselves, Ingrid Banks analyzes how talking about hair reveals Black women's ideas about race, gender, sexuality, beauty, and power. Ultimately, what emerges is a survey of Black women's consciousness within both their own communities and mainstream culture at large.

"Long hair in the 60s, Afros in the early 70s, bobs in the 80s, fuschia in the 90s. Hair is one of the first attributes to catch our eye, not only because it reflects perceptions of attractivenes or unattractiveness, but also because it conveys important political, cultural, and social meanings, particularly in relation to group identity. Given that mainstream images of beauty do not privilege dark skin and tightly coiled hair, African American women's experience provides a starkly different perspective on the meaning of hair in social identity."

-National Women's Studies Association Journal

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Unhappy to Be Nappyp. 1
Why Hair Matters: Getting to the Rootsp. 21
The Hair "Do's" and "Don'ts" of Black Womanhoodp. 41
Splitting Hairs: Power, Choice, and Femininityp. 69
Women and Girls Speak Out: Five Hair-Raising Sessionsp. 99
Black Hair, 1990s Stylep. 139
Conclusionp. 147
Methods, Methodology, and the Shaping of Hair Mattersp. 157
Defining Black Hair and Hairstyling Practicesp. 171
Interviewee Demographicsp. 175
Notesp. 179
Referencesp. 185
Indexp. 193
About the Authorp. 197
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ISBN: 9780814713372
ISBN-10: 0814713378
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 197
Published: 1st October 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.31