Women and their hair: Seeking power through resistance and accommodation

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This article explores how women seek power through both resisting and accommodating mainstream norms for female hair and delineates the strengths and limitations of these strategies. The data help to illuminate the complex role the body plays in sustaining and challenging women's subordinate position, how accommodation and resistance lie buried in everyday activities, the limits of resistance based on the body, and why accommodation and resistance are best viewed as coexisting variables rather than as polar opposites. Finally, these data suggest the importance of defining resistance as actions that reject subordination by challenging the ideologies that support subordination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-686
Number of pages20
JournalGender and Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gender Studies

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