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.
|Publisher:||New York University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)|
About the Author
Ingrid Banks is Assistant Professor of Black Studies in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Unhappy to Be Nappy||1|
|1.||Why Hair Matters: Getting to the Roots||21|
|2.||The Hair "Do's" and "Don'ts" of Black Womanhood||41|
|3.||Splitting Hairs: Power, Choice, and Femininity||69|
|4.||Women and Girls Speak Out: Five Hair-Raising Sessions||99|
|5.||Black Hair, 1990s Style||139|
|Appendix I||Methods, Methodology, and the Shaping of Hair Matters||157|
|Appendix II||Defining Black Hair and Hairstyling Practices||171|
|Appendix III||Interviewee Demographics||175|
|About the Author||197|
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