Good and Bad Hair

Bill Gaskins

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Edition : First / New Jersey / Rutgers University Press / 1997 / Hardcover. / VG+
Oblong 8vo. 118pp. Printed wraps. Numerous Black & White plates. Text in English.

“The photos in Good and Bad Hair explode the ethical/ethno-cultural categories referenced in the book’s title. Thorugh a subversive act of seeing, Gaskins takes us beyond rigid ‘afrocentric’ and racist ‘afrophobic’ beauty canons to brilliantly document an African-American practice of coiffure as cultural resistance. His gorgeous images of fabulous ‘dos reveal a characteristically African double coding of African American hair as a social text and aesthetic medium.”

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