Black Beauty: Aesthetics, Stylization, Politics by Shirley Anne Tate

Black Beauty: Aesthetics, Stylization, Politics by Shirley Anne Tate

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Previous work discussing Black beauty has tended to concentrate on Black women’s search for white beauty as a consequence of racialization; the idea that beauty is a form of social capital and that light skin and straight hair ensure one’s upward mobility in the labor market and in society. Without denying either the continuation of such aesthetics or their enduring power, this book uncovers the cracks in this hegemonic Black beauty; cracks which become clear if viewed through the lens of the performativity of everyday practices of stylization and the continuing significance of discourses of Black anti racist aesthetics. Drawing on detailed ethnographic research amongst British women of Caribbean heritage, this volume pursues a broad discussion

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