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Don't touch my hair

Don't touch my hair

Dabiri, Emma, author

The erasure, appropriation and stigma of the reaction to black hair even among well-meaning liberals is taken stock of in this engagement with body politics comparable to John Berger, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Renni Eddo-Lodge. Presents the attitude to hair as a blueprint for decolonisation. 'Groundbreaking . . . a scintillating, intellectual investigation into black women and the very serious business of our hair, as it pertains to race, gender, social codes, tradition, culture, cosmology, maths, politics, philosophy and history' Bernardine Evaristo, The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year In this powerful book about why black hair matters, Emma Dabiri takes us from pre-colonial Africa, through the Harlem Renaissance, Black Power and on to today's Natural Hair Movement, the Cultural Appropriation Wars and beyond. We look at everything from hair capitalists like Madam C.J. Walker in the early 1900s to the rise of Shea Moisture today, from women's solidarity and friendship to 'black people time', forgotten African scholars and the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian's braids. The scope of black hairstyling ranges from pop culture to cosmology, from prehistoric times to the (afro)futuristic. Uncovering sophisticated indigenous mathematical systems in black hairstyles, alongside styles that served as secret intelligence networks leading enslaved Africans to freedom, Don't Touch My Hair proves that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation. SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 IRISH BOOK AWARDS

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Published UK: Allen Lane, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Emma Dabiri
ISBN: 0141986298, 9780141986296
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 243 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Hairstyles History.; Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies; Relating to ethnic minorities & groups; Cultural studies: customs & traditions; Hairstyles Social aspects.; Feminism & feminist theory; Women, Black Social conditions.; Cultural studies; Hairdressing of Blacks History.; Beauty and Fashion.; Cosmetics, hair & beauty; Theory of art; Social discrimination & equal treatment; The arts: general issues; Ethnic studies; Popular culture; Social & cultural history; Hairdressing of Blacks Social aspects.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780241308349