The Politics of Black Women's Hair

The Politics of Black Women's Hair

by Althea Prince
     
 

Dr. Althea Prince follows up her earlier collection of essays (Being Black) on Black cultural life with this important new collection. This book sensitively charts Black women's journeys with their hair: how it is perceived, judged, and graded on the yardstick of mainstream society's standards of beauty.

Relying on the tradition of the personal essay, and

Overview

Dr. Althea Prince follows up her earlier collection of essays (Being Black) on Black cultural life with this important new collection. This book sensitively charts Black women's journeys with their hair: how it is perceived, judged, and graded on the yardstick of mainstream society's standards of beauty.

Relying on the tradition of the personal essay, and conversations with several Black women, Prince delves into "the politics of Black women's hair," specifically examining the impact on the emotional lives of Black girls and women. Incorporating her own voice as a mother and a sociologist, and memories of her own childhood experiences with her hair, Prince provides an understanding of how some Black women use rituals surrounding hair to create positive bonds with their daughters. She suggests that something beautiful can be nourished in the realm of Spirit between a woman and her daughter when they sit in quiet to attend to hair combing and hair grooming.

Including interviews with women from Canada, the Caribbean, England, the United States of America, and South America, Dr. Prince brings an international perspective to this very personal subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897178874
Publisher:
Insomniac Press
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Althea Prince has published short stories and essays in numerous publications. Her books include Ladies of the Night, Feminisms & Womanisms: A Women's Studies Reader (co-edited), Being Black and Loving This Man. Prince lives and writes in Toronto.

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