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A Twisted Style: The Culture of Dreadlocks in “Western” Societies

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A Twisted Style

The Culture of Dreadlocks in “Western” Societies

Maja Tabea Jerrentrup

156 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-070-0 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-071-7 eBook Not Yet Published

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“Very engaging and intriguing… Being fascinated by how cultural societies evolve globally, I never imagined that dreadlocks could form an interesting part of both general and academic discussions. Salute and kudos to the author!” • Manju Rughwani, Ajeenkya DY Patil University, India


In "western" cultures, some people have chosen a dreadlock hairstyle, despite many in mainstream society looking at it in a negative light. This book deals with contradictions surrounding the hairstyle such as often representing a protest against the prevailing right-wing political systems, yet also emphasizing the white person’s power to appropriate any style. Based on interviews and close observations in social media, the book offers insights into the culture(s) surrounding dreadlocks and ultimately interprets the phenomenon as a postmodern form of individuality.

Maja Tabea Jerrentrup works as Associate Professor of media and photography at Ajeenkya DY Patil University in Pune, India, and is a faculty member of the Indian Institute of Photography, Delhi.

Subject: Cultural Studies (General) Anthropology (General)
Area: Europe


List of Figures

Chapter 1. Approaching dreads
Chapter 2. Past, Present & Localization
Chapter 3. The Journey, Reflexivity and Self-Determination
Chapter 4. Opposition and Integration

Conclusion: A perfect way to be imperfect


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