Facing the Mirror: Older Women and Beauty Shop Culture

Facing the Mirror: Older Women and Beauty Shop Culture

by Frida Kerner Furman, Ke Furman Frida
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415915236

ISBN-13: 9780415915236

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This innovative, ethnographic study of a neighborhood beauty salon investigates how customers constitute a lively, affirming community of peers during their weekly visits. Facing the Mirror gives voice to older women, who, in a sexist and ageist society, are frequently devalued and rendered invisible. These older, mostly Jewish women articulate

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This innovative, ethnographic study of a neighborhood beauty salon investigates how customers constitute a lively, affirming community of peers during their weekly visits. Facing the Mirror gives voice to older women, who, in a sexist and ageist society, are frequently devalued and rendered invisible. These older, mostly Jewish women articulate their experiences of bodily self-presentation, femininity, aging, and caring pertaining to their lives within and outside Julie's International Salon. This book explores the socio-moral significance of these experiences which reveals as much about society as about older women themselves. Women's narratives expose structures of power, inequality, and resistance in the ways women perceive reality, make choices and live in their worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415915236
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Women's Territory: Community and the Ethic of Care at Julie's International Salon17
2The Witch in the Mirror: Feminine Beauty and Its Imperatives43
3"What's My Alternative?": Aging and Its Challenges91
4"The Cheese Stands Alone": Women in Relation to Work, Caring, and the Family123
5Energetic Anger: An Invitation to Resistance167
Notes187
Works Cited203
Index215

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