Modern Black Nationalism: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan, Issue 2

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NYU Press, 1997 - Social Science - 381 pages
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Throughout the twentieth century, beauty shops have been places where women could enjoy the company of other women, exchange information, and share secrets. The female equivalent of barbershops, they have been institutions vital to community formation and social change.

But while the beauty shop created community, it also reflected the racial segregation that has so profoundly shaped American society. Links between style, race, and identity were so intertwined that for much of the beauty shop's history, black and white hairdressing industries were largely separate entities with separate concerns. While African American hair-care workers embraced the chance to be independent from white control, negotiated the meanings of hair straightening, and joined in larger political struggles that challenged Jim Crow, white female hairdressers were embroiled in struggles over self-definition and opposition to their industry's emphasis on male achievement. Yet despite their differences, black and white hairdressers shared common stakes as battles were waged over issues of work, skill, and professionalism unique to women's service work.

Permanent Waves traces the development of the American beauty shop, from its largely separate racial origins, through white recognition of the "ethnic market," to the present day.

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This wide-ranging selection of 52 documents in 37 sections locates black nationalism's historical roots and 20th-century sprawl. With an incisive introduction and headnotes, historian Van Deburg ... Read full review

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With Garvey as its forerunner, the black nationalist movement has played a central role in American political and intellectual life. Van Deburg (Afro-American studies, Univ. of Wisconsin) has ... Read full review

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William L. Van Deburg is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His previous books include New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975, and Slavery and Race in American Popular Culture.

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