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Hair (Paperback) (Scott Lowe)
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.
Hair, a primary marker of our mammalian nature, is a remarkably powerful indicator of economic status, social standing, political orientation, religious affiliation, marital state, and cultural leanings, among other things. This book offers a pithy yet wide-ranging overview of global hair customs. The rules of hair-head and body, visible and covered-are deep, powerful, and so deeply embedded in cultural conditioning that they are usually held unconsciously (and more strongly for that). From Hittites to hippies, from Pentecostals to ****** stars, hair is a ubiquitous personal and vibrant object, a charged and carefully managed dead thing.
Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.