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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814713372
ISBN-10: 0814713378
Format: Paperback
(5817mm x 3887mm x 14mm)
Pages: 197
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ingrid Banks

Ingrid Banks is Assistant Professor of Black Studies in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech.