What is it about?

This article discusses the complexities associated with women of the African-diaspora as they navigate identity-making in relation to their own perceived identities and those around them.

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Why is it important?

This work not only centers the experiences of Black women but also speaks to the importance and transfer of knowledge within Black communities. The ways in which we define ourselves and one another as Black women are powerful and meaningful, a strategy that should be accomplished with mindfulness of Black body policing and care for all experiences and positions in our social world.


Writing this article has been incredibly humbling. I am most grateful to my research participants for sharing their exp3erinces with me and I hope I have provided an accurate representation of them. This article is part of a larger ethnographic project in which I hope to continue to capture the lived experiences of Black women as they navigate the social world. I hope this article is captivating and can contribute to conversations concerning race in society.

Nicole Jenkins
University of Nevada Las Vegas Lied Library

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This page is a summary of: Contested Identities: African Diaspora and Identity Making in a Hair Braiding Salon, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, February 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0891241619829210.
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