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Fashioning Postfeminism

Fashioning Postfeminism

Dosekun, Simidele, author

Women in Lagos, Nigeria, practice a spectacularly feminine form of black beauty. From cascading hair extensions to immaculate makeup to high heels, their style permeates both day-to-day life and media representations of women not only in a swatch of Africa but across an increasingly globalized world. Simidele Dosekun's interviews and critical analysis consider the female subjectivities these women are performing and desiring. She finds that the women embody the postfeminist idea that their unapologetically immaculate beauty signals-but also constitutes-feminine power. As empowered global consumers and media citizens, the women deny any need to critique their culture or to take part in feminism's collective political struggle. Throughout, Dosekun unearths evocative details around the practical challenges to attaining their style, examines the gap between how others view these women and how they view themselves, and engages with ideas about postfeminist self-fashioning and subjectivity across cultures and class. Intellectually provocative and rich with theory, Fashioning Postfeminism reveals why women choose to live, embody, and even suffer for a fascinating performative culture

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Published Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2020

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Statement of responsibility: Simidele Dosekun
ISBN: 0252052099, 9780252052095
Physical Description: 216 pages
Series: Dissident Feminisms ; 33
Subject: Society & culture: general; Politics & government; Gender studies: women & girls; Feminism & feminist theory; Africa; Society
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780252085086