Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul - Gender and American Culture (Hardback)Tanisha Ford (author)
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In this thought-provoking book, Tanisha C. Ford explores how and why black women in places as far-flung as New York City, Atlanta, London, and Johannesburg incorporated style and beauty culture into their activism. Focusing on the emergence of the ""soul style"" movement - represented in clothing, jewelry, hairstyles, and more - Liberated Threads shows that black women's fashion choices became galvanizing symbols of gender and political liberation. Drawing from an eclectic archive, Ford offers a new way of studying how black style and Soul Power moved beyond national boundaries, sparking a global fashion phenomenon. Following celebrities, models, college students, and everyday women as they moved through fashion boutiques, beauty salons, and record stores, Ford narrates the fascinating intertwining histories of Black Freedom and fashion.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 25 mm
Creates a fierce and vibrant dialog on the rarely recounted women's perspective on black style, beauty, and soul.--Library Journal, starred review
Adds important elements to the conversation on resistance. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice
A welcome addition to historical studies of civil rights and black power.--Journal of American History
The moving testimonies Ford presents of the black women who lived through soul style's heyday are proof that activist scholarship motivated by personal experience provides powerful contributions to the field of history.--Journal of Southern History
A scholarly masterpiece that squarely situates fashion as central to the US civil rights and Black Power eras.--Winterthur Portfolio
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