Beauty Shop Politics African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry

ISBN-10: 0252076966

ISBN-13: 9780252076961

Edition: 2010

Authors: Tiffany M. Gill

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Looking through the lens of black business history, Beauty Shop Politics shows how black beauticians in the Jim Crow era parlayed their economic independence and access to a public community space into platforms for activism. Tiffany M. Gill argues that the beauty industry played a crucial role in the creation of the modern black female identity and that the seemingly frivolous space of a beauty salon actually has stimulated social, political, and economic change. Encompassing the role of gossip in salons, ethnic beauty products, and the social meanings of African American hair textures, Gill shows how African American beauty entrepreneurs built and sustained a vibrant culture of activism in beauty salons and schools.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 3/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Finding Politics in Unexpected Places: The Matrix of Beauty, Business, and Activism
Beauty Pioneers: Racial Uplift and Gender in the Creation of a Black Business Community
"Link Up with Us": Black Beauty Culture, Racial Politics, and the Complexities of Modern Black Womanhood
"This Industry Is not Typical, but Exceptional": Redefining Entrepreneurship and Activism in the 1930s and 1940s
"We Could Turn the Whole World Over": The International Presence of African American Beauticians in the Postwar Era
"Black Beauticians Were Very Important": Southern Beauty Activists and the Modern Black Freedom Struggle
"Among the Things that Used to Be": Beauticians, Health Activism, and the Politics of Dignity in the Post-Civil Rights Era
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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