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

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

by Ingrid Banks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814713378

ISBN-13: 9780814713372

Pub. Date: 10/01/2000

Publisher: New York University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814713372
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Pages:
197
Sales rank:
729,648
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Unhappy to Be Nappy1
1.Why Hair Matters: Getting to the Roots21
2.The Hair "Do's" and "Don'ts" of Black Womanhood41
3.Splitting Hairs: Power, Choice, and Femininity69
4.Women and Girls Speak Out: Five Hair-Raising Sessions99
5.Black Hair, 1990s Style139
Conclusion147
Appendix IMethods, Methodology, and the Shaping of Hair Matters157
Appendix IIDefining Black Hair and Hairstyling Practices171
Appendix IIIInterviewee Demographics175
Notes179
References185
Index193
About the Author197

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