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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.

Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul spans four continents, eighteen countries and the socio-historical planes of black liberation struggles in the black diaspora, and in Africa to a lesser extent, to explore the ways in which black women’s resistance has been visible and concentrated not only in actions within political movements but also in the realm of style and fashion.

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