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Author White, Shane, author

Title Stylin' : African-American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit / Graham White and Shane White
Published Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource : 42 color halftones, 14 figures
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Looking Mighty Sprucy -- 2. Done Up in the Tastiest Manner -- 3. I' d Rather Dance Den Eat -- 4. Dandies and Dandizettes -- 5. Swingin' like Crazy -- 6. Strolling, Jooking, and Fixy Clothes -- 7. The Long-Veiled Beauty of Our Own World -- 8. The Stroll -- Epilogue: Suit Men from Suit Land -- Notes -- Index
Summary For over two centuries, in the North as well as the South, both within their own community and in the public arena, African Americans have presented their bodies in culturally distinctive ways. Shane White and Graham White consider the deeper significance of the ways in which African Americans have dressed, walked, danced, arranged their hair, and communicated in silent gestures. They ask what elaborate hair styles, bright colors, bandanas, long watch chains, and zoot suits, for example, have really meant, and discuss style itself as an expression of deep-seated cultural imperatives. Their wide-ranging exploration of black style from its African origins to the 1940s reveals a culture that differed from that of the dominant racial group in ways that were often subtle and elusive. A wealth of black-and-white illustrations show the range of African American experience in America, emanating from all parts of the country, from cities and farms, from slave plantations, and Chicago beauty contests. White and White argue that the politics of black style is, in fact, the politics of metaphor, always ambiguous because it is always indirect. To tease out these ambiguities, they examine extensive sources, including advertisements for runaway slaves, interviews recorded with surviving ex-slaves in the 1930s, autobiographies, travelers' accounts, photographs, paintings, prints, newspapers, and images drawn from popular culture, such as the stereotypes of Jim Crow and Zip Coon
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-296) and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jan 2019)
Subject African Americans -- Clothing -- History
African Americans -- Social life and customs.
Body image -- United States -- History
Hairstyles -- United States -- History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies.
African Americans -- Clothing
African Americans -- Social life and customs
Body image
Obraz ciała -- aspekt społeczny -- Stany Zjednoczone -- historia.
Fryzury -- Stany Zjednoczone -- historia.
Czarni Amerykanie -- strój -- historia.
Czarni Amerykanie -- obyczaje i zwyczaje.
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author White, Graham, author
ISBN 1501718088