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Ain't I a Beauty Queen? – Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Ain't I a Beauty Queen?: Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race

Maxine Craig


This book is a study of black women as symbols, and as participants, in the reshaping of the meaning of black racial identity. The meanings and practices of racial identity are continually reshaped as a result of the interplay of actions taken at the individual and institutional levels. In chapters that detail the history of pre-Civil Rights Movement black beauty pageants, later efforts to integrate beauty contests, and the transformation in beliefs and practices relating to black beauty in the 1960s, the book develops a model for understanding social processes of racial change. It places chan ... More

Keywords: black women, black racial identity, Civil Rights Movement, black beauty pageants, racial change, Black Power Movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152623
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maxine Craig, author
University of Papua, New Guinea