Feminist Interrogations of Women's Head Hair: Crown of Glory and Shame
Scholars from a wide range of disciplines investigate private and public meanings associated with female head hair, problematising our assumptions about its role and implications in the 21st Century. Readers are invited to reflect on the use of hair in popular culture, such as children’s television and pop album artwork, as well as in work by women artists. Studies examine the lived experiences of women from a range of backgrounds and histories, including curly-haired women in Israel, African American women during the American Civil Rights Movements and self-identified lesbians in France. Other essays interrogate the connotations of women’s head hair in relation to body image, religion and aging.
Feminist Interrogations of Women's Head Hair: Crown of Glory and Shame brings together cultural discourses and the lived experiences of women, across time and place, to reveal the complex and ever-evolving significance of female head hair. It is an important contribution to the critical feminist thought in media studies, fashion studies, Afro-American studies, queer theory, gerontology, cultural studies, and women's studies.