Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in by Tiffany M. Gill

By Tiffany M. Gill

Looking during the lens of black enterprise historical past, Beauty store Politics exhibits how black beauticians within the Jim Crow period parlayed their fiscal independence and entry to a public neighborhood house into structures for activism. Tiffany M. Gill argues that the wonder performed a vital function within the production of the trendy black girl identification and that the doubtless frivolous house of a good looks salon truly has influenced social, political, and financial change.

From the founding of the nationwide Negro enterprise League in 1900 and onward, African american citizens have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit through beginning their very own companies, yet black women's forays into the enterprise global have been overshadowed through these of black males. With a vast scope that encompasses the function of gossip in salons, ethnic good looks items, and the social meanings of African American hair textures, Gill indicates how African American attractiveness marketers equipped and sustained a colourful tradition of activism in good looks salons and colleges. better through lucid portrayals of black beauticians and drawing on archival learn and oral histories, Beauty store Politics conveys the typical operations and wealthy tradition of black good looks salons in addition to their position in construction community.

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