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African Histories and Modernities

The Symbolism and Communicative Contents of Dreadlocks in Yorubaland

Authors: Agwuele, Augustine

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  • Provides the first cultural analysis of Yoruba hairstyle as a vehicle for political and religious expression in African communities
  • Explores cosmetic appearance in gendered terms, focusing primarily on the male experience 
  • Based on the first hand experiences of an interdisciplinary scholar
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This book offers an interpretation of Yoruba people’s affective responses to an adult Yoruba male with a ‘deviant’ hairstyle. The work, which views hairstyles as a form of symbolic communicative signal that encodes messages that are perceived and interpreted within a culture, provides an ontological and epistemological interpretation of Yoruba beliefs regarding dreadlocks with real-life illustrations of their treatment of an adult male with what they term irun were (insane person’s hairdo). Based on experiential observations as well as socio-cultural and linguistic analyses, the book explores the dynamism of Yoruba worldview regarding head-hair within contemporary belief systems and discusses some of the factors that assure its continuity. It concludes with a cross-cultural comparison of the perceptions of dreadlocks, especially between Nigerian Yoruba people an

d African American Yoruba practitioners.


About the authors

Augustine Agwuele is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University, USA. He combines the conceptual rigors of theoretical linguistics with ethnographically grounded scholarship in socio-cultural anthropology to study peoples and cultures of Africa. At the core of his works is the quest to make sense of variabilities associated with the production of speech segments (phonetics) and to uncover the fulcrum of a people’s perception of, and response to, life persistent concerns (socio-cultural studies). 


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 89,99 €
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Softcover 89,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-80743-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Symbolism and Communicative Contents of Dreadlocks in Yorubaland
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30186-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30186-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30185-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80743-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 210
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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