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Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry (Women in American History)

  

by: Tiffany M. Gill

Books : Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry (Women in American History)
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Binding: Paperback
EAN: 9780252076961
Edition: 1st
ISBN: 9780252076961
Item Dimensions: 9006007070
Label: University of Illinois Press
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: University of Illinois Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 208
Publication Date: March 03, 2010
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Studio: University of Illinois Press




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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.



From the founding of the National Negro Business League in 1900 and onward, African Americans have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit by starting their own businesses, but black women's forays into the business world were overshadowed by those of black men. 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. Enhanced by lucid portrayals of black beauticians and drawing on archival research and oral histories, Beauty Shop Politics conveys the everyday operations and rich culture of black beauty salons as well as their role in building community.





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