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Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri




‘Groundbreaking . . . a scintillating intellectual investigation into black women and the very serious business of our hair as it pertains to race gender social codes tradition culture cosmology maths politics philosophy and history’ Bernardine Evaristo From women’s solidarity and friendship to forgotten African scholars and the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian’s braids the scope of black hairstyling ranges from pop culture to cosmology from prehistoric times to the (afro)futuristic. Uncovering sophisticated indigenous mathematical systems in black hairstyles alongside styles that served as secret intelligence networks leading enslaved Africans to freedom Don’t Touch My Hair proves that far from being only hair black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and ultimately liberation. SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 IRISH BOOK AWARDS

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Weight 191 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 15 mm


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