Blackberries and Redbones Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities

ISBN-10: 1572738812

ISBN-13: 9781572738812

Edition: 2010

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Description: <p>This book features engaging scholarly essays, poems and creative writings that all examine the meanings of the Black anatomy in our changing global world. The body, including its hair, is said to be read like a text where readers draw certain interpretations based on signs, symbols, and culture. Each chapter in the volume interrogates that notion by addressing the question, “As a text, how are Black bodies and Black hair read and understood in life, art, popular culture, mass media, or cross-cultural interactions?” Utilising a critical perspective, each contributor articulates how relationships between physical appearance, genetic structure, and political ideologies impact the creativity, expression, and everyday lived experiences of Blackness. In this interdisciplinary volume, discussions are made more complex and move beyond the “straight versus kinky hair” and “light skin versus dark skin” paradigm. Instead efforts are made to emphasise the material consequences associated with the ways in which the Black body is read and (mis)understood. The aptness of this work lies in its ability to provide a meaningful and creative space to analyse body politics—highlighting the complexities surrounding these issues within, between, and outside Africana communities. The book provides a unique opportunity to both celebrate and scrutinise the presentation of Blackness in everyday life, while also encouraging readers to forge ahead with a deeper understanding of these ever-important issues.</p>

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Hampton Press, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 484
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Kimberly R. Moffitt is assistant professor of American studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Duncan A. Campbell is a lecturer in the department of American studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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