Trauma, Tresses, and Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narratives

Trauma, Tresses, and Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narratives

by Lyzette Wanzer
Trauma, Tresses, and Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narratives

Trauma, Tresses, and Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narratives

by Lyzette Wanzer

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Library Journal Best Social Science title of 2022 

Black women continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair.

From grammar and high schools to corporate boardrooms and military squadrons, Black and Afro Latina natural hair continues to confound, transfix, and enrage members of White American society. Why, in 2022, is this still the case? Why have we not moved beyond that perennial racist emblem? And why are women so disproportionately affected?

Why does our hair become most palatable when it capitulates, and has been subjugated, to resemble Caucasian features as closely as possible? Who or what is responsible for the web of supervision and surveillance of our hair? Who in our society gets to author the prevailing constitution of professional appearance? 

Particularly relevant during this time of emboldened White supremacy, racism, and provocative othering, this work explores how writing about one of the still-remaining systemic biases in schools, academia, and corporate America might lead to greater understanding and respect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641606707
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/08/2022
Edition description: First Edition, First edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 700,729
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lyzette Wanzer is a writer, editor, and workshop instructor. Her work has appeared in more than twenty-five journals, magazines, and books. She has presented her work at conferences across the country. Wanzer is a contributor to The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays and Lyric Essay as Resistance: Truth from the Margins. She lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka
Part I: A Critical Lens
The Ancient Iris Crawford
Toward Decolonizing Our Roots Lyzette Wanzer, MFA
The Swiftness Black Women Know Dr. Regis Fox
Black Women Maneuvering Nappy Judy Juanita.
Black Hair Matters: Teaching and Living Race amid Civil Strife Dr. Shatima Jenique Jones
Natural’s Not in It: Black Women’s Hair in Majority White Professional Settings Margalynne Armstrong, JD.
Part II: The Pilgrimage
Peinate el Pelo Carmen Bardeguez–Brown
Hair Politics: An Afro Puerto Rican Womyn’s Untangled Narrative Dr. Bárbara Idalissee Abadía-Rexach.
Naturally: A Hair Journey to Africa and Beyond Kim Coleman Foote
Another Layer of Our Freedom Lyndsey Ellis, MFA
’Fro Fatigue and Other 4C Woes Dr. Adrienne Danyelle Oliver.
Part III: Intimate Encounters
solstice in solidified sugar Dr. Raina León
Pelo Liso Y Pelo Malo: My Mother and Me MK Chavez
Self-Care and Sanctuary in Black Women’s Salons Dr. Sherry Johnson
My Locs, Her Locs: Our Personal Journey Sulma Arzu-Brown
My Curls, My Crown Dr. Priscilla Ferreira.
Part IV: The Unshackled Chronicles
Yo soy parte Dominicana, Yo soy Black, Yo soy misma! Tyrice Brown, MA
Power Struggle Jasmine Hawkins, MA.
In the Kitchen Jewelle Gomez, MS.
Beauty Is Pain: A Hairstory Kelechi Ubozoh.
Hair Chronicles of an Afro Puerto Rican Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa.
Turning the Lens Rightside Up Lyzette Wanzer, MFA
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