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From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women's Hair Care

Lanita Jacobs-Huey


When is hair “just hair” and when is it not “just hair”? Documenting the politics of African American women's hair, this book explores everyday interaction in beauty parlors, Internet discussions, comedy clubs, and other contexts to illuminate how and why hair matters in African American women's day-to-day experiences. It draws inspiration from early scholarship on both black and white women's language use while laying out a wholly new direction of inquiry grounded in multi-sited ethnography, discourse analysis, and the investigation of embodied social practice. Recognizing that, next to langu ... More

Keywords: hair, African American women, beauty parlors, hair care, social meanings, language, identity, race, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304169
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304169.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lanita Jacobs-Huey, author
University of Southern California
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