Don't Touch My Hair (Paperback)
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Don't Touch My Hair (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages
Published: 05/03/2020
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In viewing black hair as emblematic of the black experience from slavery through to social media, Dabiri’s deftly written history approaches a wide-ranging and complex topic from a startlingly original angle. Unearthing any number of jaw-dropping facts about the uses to which black hair has been put over the centuries, this is a remarkable, educational read.

'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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141986289
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 191 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


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Emma Dabiri's groundbreaking Don't Touch My Hair is 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, and also the role of hairstyles in pre-colonial Africa - Bernardine Evaristo, The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year

FASCINATING, educational, personal, humble and engaging. I urge you to read it! - Marian Keyes

I've been pleasantly engrossed this autumn in Emma Dabiri's nonfiction debut Don't Touch My Hair. Part memoir, part spiky, thoroughly researched socio-political analysis, it delves deep into the painful realities and history of follicular racism - Diana Evans, Observer Books of the Year

Both a richly researched cultural history and a voyage to empowerment. - Colin Grant, Guardian

Sensational - Women's Health

Pulled together with meticulous research, Don't Touch My Hair is an unmissable read by a writer who's set to become a household name - Francesca Brown, Stylist

The first book from one of Ireland's brightest literary talents, Don't Touch My Hair brilliantly deconstructs western views of everything from beauty to social value systems, and even to our understanding of time, all through the lens of how African cultures value hair. - Hotpress

Groundbreaking...Her sources are rich, diverse and sometimes heartbreaking. Some books make us feel seen and for me, that is what Don't Touch My Hair does. I would urge everyone to read it - Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Guardian

An excellent and far reaching book...a call to arms for black African culture - Irish Times

A powerful and arrestingly relatable account of the rich history of Afro hair that seamlessly interweaves her personal perspective with meticulously researched historical facts - Metro

Dabiri's brilliant book recognises that black hair - particularly women's hair - is charged with social and racial significance - Tank

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“Important and interesting”

Thank you to PRH and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book!

I mistook this for a memoir (entirely my own fault), so it took a bit of adjustment once I’d realised it is essentially an academic text on the... More

Hardback edition
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“An important read”

‘Strand by strand, the past is weaved skilfully together with the present’.

As someone with Type 1B blonde hair, Don’t Touch my Hair was an eye-opening and educating read. Emma Dabiri explores a wide range of topics... More

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“Yes! This is true.”

It’s not ‘the grass is always greener’. It’s not ‘angry black women’. It’s a simple request for dignity and respect for Black people.

This is a truly excellent book. It gives voice to the racism so many people... More

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