Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History

Bloomsbury. 2nd ed. ed. Mar. 2023. 640p. Tr $120. ISBN 9781440873485.
Gr 8 Up–A comprehensive volume on the history and culture of hair (both head and body) through the ages. Sherrow thoroughly examines the universalities and differences among cultures around the world about hair styles, growth and loss, and care. Especially engaging are the entries that explore how men and women’s hairstyles have reflected ideas about age, gender, religious beliefs, marital status, and more. Many of the essay-length entries focus on Western styles, but this second edition consistently covers specific world regions, hair coverings, political symbolism behind certain styles, and more. It also builds upon entries from the last decade, including information on hair-related medical advancements. Each essay is accompanied by its own bibliography. The text is broken up by 120 captioned, black-and-white photos throughout. A longer bibliography appears in the back matter.
VERDICT Add this exhaustive title to reference collections in need of sociocultural-focused works.

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