Why African American Beauty Culture Is Still Contested

Susannah Walker

in Style and Status

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124339
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134802 | DOI:
Why African American Beauty Culture Is Still Contested

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This chapter discusses how many intellectual and politically active black women from the mid-1960s until the present connected their hair to their racial identity and to notions of personal liberation. It illustrates the central ideas about the larger social significance of African American women's hair and beauty ideals, which were also explored in the previous chapters.

Keywords: black women; racial identity; hair; personal liberation; social significance; African American; beauty ideals; mid-1960s

Chapter.  2176 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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