Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women / Edition 1

Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women / Edition 1

by Noliwe M. Rooks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813523125

ISBN-13: 9780813523125

Pub. Date: 07/01/1996

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


We all know there is a politics of skin color, but is there a politics of hair? In this book, Noliwe Rooks explores the history and politics of hair and beauty culture in African American communities from the nineteenth century to the 1990s. She discusses the ways in which African American women have located themselves in their own families, communities,…  See more details below

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We all know there is a politics of skin color, but is there a politics of hair? In this book, Noliwe Rooks explores the history and politics of hair and beauty culture in African American communities from the nineteenth century to the 1990s. She discusses the ways in which African American women have located themselves in their own families, communities, and national culture through beauty advertisements, treatments, and styles. Bringing the story into today's beauty shop, listening to other women talk about braids, Afros, straighteners, and what they mean today to grandmothers, mothers, sisters, friends, and boyfriends, she also talks about her own family and has fun along the way. Hair Raising is that rare sort of book that manages both to entertain and to illuminate its subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813523125
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,320,130
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1Nappi by Nature: Afros, Hot Combs, and Black Pride1
2Beauty, Race, and Black Pride23
3Advertising Contradictions51
4Broadening Representational Boundaries75
5Gender, Hair, and African American Women's Magazines97
6In Search of Connections115
Afterword137
Notes139
Selected Bibliography149
Index157

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