From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women's Hair Care

From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women's Hair Care

by Lanita Jacobs-Huey
     
 

When is hair "just hair" and when is it not "just hair"? Documenting the politics of African American women's hair, this multi-sited linguistic ethnography explores everyday interaction in beauty parlors, Internet discussions, comedy clubs, and other contexts to illuminate how and why hair matters in African American women's day-to-day

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Overview

When is hair "just hair" and when is it not "just hair"? Documenting the politics of African American women's hair, this multi-sited linguistic ethnography explores everyday interaction in beauty parlors, Internet discussions, comedy clubs, and other contexts to illuminate how and why hair matters in African American women's day-to-day experiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195304152
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/20/2006
Series:
Studies in Language and Gender Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Lanita Jacobs-Huey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and co-affiliated with the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From the Kitchen to the Parlor3
1Negotiating Expert and Novice Identities through Client-stylist Interactions17
2"We Are Like Doctors": Socializing Cosmetologists into the Discourse of Science29
3A License to Touch: Cosmetology as a Divine Calling47
4Gender, Authenticity, and Hair in African American Stand-up Comedy71
5"BTW, How Do You Wear Your Hair?": Gender and Race in Computer-mediated Hair Debates89
6Constructing and Contesting Knowledge in Women's Cross-cultural Hair Testimonies105
7Critical Reflections on Language, Gender, and "Native" Anthropology129
AppendixTranscription Conventions149
Notes151
Bibliography153
Index173

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