Beauty Shop Politics

Beauty Shop Politics

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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. With a broad scope that encompasses 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.See also beauty shop owners; employment conditions in beauty shops beauty systems, 22, 25, 124; Apex, 67; Poro, 38; Walker, 25, 64a€“65 Bethune, Mary McLeod, 27, 28a€“29, 83, 84a€“87; column in Chicago Defender, 90, 93 Bethune- Cookmananbsp;...

Title:Beauty Shop Politics
Author:Tiffany M. Gill
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 2015-06-30


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