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Liberated threads : black women, style, and the global politics of soul / Tanisha C. Ford.

  • Ford, Tanisha C.
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About this work


The author explores how and why black women, from the civil rights and Black Power era of the 1960s through anti-apartheid activism in the 1980s and beyond, and in places as far-flung as New York City, Atlanta, London, and Johannesburg, used their clothing, jewelry, hair, and general "soul style" not simply as a fashion statement but as an integral part of their activism and as a powerful tool of resistance.--Adapted from publisher description.


Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2015]

Physical description

xv, 256 pages : black and white illustrations, facsimiles ; 25 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Black women and the making of a modern soul style -- Reimagining Africa : how Black women invented the language of soul in the 1950s -- Harlem's "natural soul" : selling black beauty to the diaspora in the early 1960s -- SNCC's soul sisters : respectability and the style politics of the civil rights movement -- Soul style on campus : American college women and Black power fashion -- We were people of soul : gender, violence, and Black Panther style in 1970s London -- The soul wide world : the "Afro look" in South Africa from the 1970s to the new millennium -- Epilogue: for chelsea : soul style in the new millennium -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.


  • English

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