Hair Matters: Beauty, Power, and Black Women's Consciousness

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NYU Press, 2000 - Social Science - 197 pages

Substantive, ethnographically informed research on the politics of Black hair

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.

 

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Contents

Power Choice and Femininity
69
Black Hair 1990s Style
139
Methods Methodology
157
Defining Black Hair
171
References
185
About the Author
197
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Ingrid Banks is Assistant Professor of Black Studies in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech.

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