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Beauty shop politics : African American women's activism in the beauty industry

Author: Tiffany M Gill
Publisher: Urbana ; Chicago : University of Illinois Press, ©2010.
Series: Women in American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work is a reassessment of black beauty salons as vital sites for social change. Looking through the lens of black business history, it shows how black beauticians in the Jim Crow era parlayed their economic independence and access to a public community space into platforms for activism. The author argues that the beauty industry played a crucial role in the creation of the modern black female identity and that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tiffany M Gill
ISBN: 9780252035050 0252035054 9780252076961 0252076966
OCLC Number: 361888141
Description: xi, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Finding politics in unexpected places : the matrix of beauty, business, and politics --
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 new Negro woman --
"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 world --
"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.
Series Title: Women in American history.
Responsibility: Tiffany M. Gill.
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