Don't Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
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Don't Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

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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 hair styling 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 hair styling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 IRISH BOOK AWARDS