Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Miliann Kang

Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work

University of California Press
Publication date: May 2010
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Two women, virtual strangers, sit hand-in-hand across a narrow table, both intent on the same thing-achieving the perfect manicure. Encounters like this occur thousands of times across the United States in nail salons increasingly owned and operated by Asian immigrants. This study looks closely for the first time at these intimate encounters, focusing on New York City, where such nail salons have become ubiquitous. Drawing from rich and compelling interviews, Miliann Kang takes us inside the nail industry, asking such questions as: Why have nail salons become so popular? Why do so many Asian women, and Korean women in particular, provide these services? Kang discovers multiple motivations for the manicure-from the pampering of white middle class women to the artistic self-expression of working class African American women to the mass consumption of body-related services. Contrary to notions of beauty service establishments as spaces for building community among women, The Managed Hand finds that while tentative and fragile solidarities can emerge across the manicure table, they generally give way to even more powerful divisions of race, class, and immigration.
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Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Miliann Kang
University of California Press, May 2010
ISBN: 9780520945654
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University of California Press, May 2010
ISBN: 9780520945654
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