Rapunzel's Daughters: What Women's Hair Tells Us about Women's Lives

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DIANE Publishing Company, Sep 1, 2006 - 266 pages
Hair is one of the first things other people notice about us -- & is one of the primary ways we declare our identity to others. Here, Weitz explores how & why hair matters so much in girls' & women's lives. She begins by surveying the history of women's hair, from the covered hair of the Middle Ages to the 2-foot-high, wildly ornamented styles of pre-Revolutionary France to the purple dyes worn by some modern teens. Weitz examines what hair means: to young girls & to women; how girls learn to consider it central to their identity; what part it plays in adolescent (& adult) struggles with identity & with romance; how it can create conflicts & opportunities in the workplace; & how women face the changes in their hair that illness & aging can bring. B&W photos.

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RAPUNZEL'S DAUGHTERS: What Women's Hair Tells Us About Women's Lives

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A sociologist looks at why hair matters so much and what our concerns about hair have to say about who we are, as well as who we hope to be.In researching her subject, Weitz (Sociology/Arizona State ... Read full review

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From long blond curls to involuntary baldness, Weitz (sociology, Arizona State Univ.) considers the role that hair plays in women's lives. She opens with a brief history of women's hair and then ... Read full review

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