Encyclopedia of Hair

Encyclopedia of Hair

A Cultural History

Book - 2006
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Examines the social and cultural significance of hair thoughout history.
Examines the ways in which hair has served as a signifier of class, gender, ethnicity, conformity/non-comfority, authority, and power throughout history. Countless issues and examples are explored in this volume including: hair styles of royalty; wigs worn by lawmakers and judges; ceremonial hairstyles of tribes throughout the world; Oliver Cromwell's "Roundheads;" hair in the counterculture (including the musical Hair); skinheads, Mohawks and punk style; the hairstyles of First Ladies; celebrity hairstyles; women shaving their heads to subvert gender and sexuality stereotyping; the entire hair-care industry; the search for a cure to baldness; and diseases and disorders related to hair. Broad topics in this book include hair arrangement/styling; care and cleansing; business and commercial aspects; laws and legal matters; trends and trendsetters; and health and science. An introductory essay explores the universal human interest in hair and hair-styling throughout history and around the world. It is followed by alphabetically arranged entries, each including sources for further reading. This work is highly relevant to the study of class, gender, popular culture, and politics. A lavish set of color and halftone illustrations completes this fun and useful title.

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Hairstyles reflect cultural, religious, and political beliefs; social status; occupation; health; and other key aspects of life. In her introduction to the universal preoccupation with hair grooming, Sherrow (For Appearance's Sake: The Historical Encyclopedia of Good Looks , Beauty, and Grooming, 2001) overviews scientific facts about hair, its social meaning, and the hair products industry. Cross-referenced entries from "adornment, ornamental" to "Zotos, International" include historical-cultural context, trends, trendsetters, b&w and some color illustrations, and further reading. This unique reference includes an extensive bibliography. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Describes the cultural, historical, and scientific aspects of hairdressing and hairstyling throughout history.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780313331459
Branch Call Number: 391.509 SHE REF
391.509 SHE
Characteristics: xxvi, 455 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm


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