Beauty as violence: ‘beautiful’ hair and the cultural violence of identity erasure

  title={Beauty as violence: ‘beautiful’ hair and the cultural violence of identity erasure},
  author={Toks Dele Oyedemi},
  journal={Social Identities},
  pages={537 - 553}
  • T. Oyedemi
  • Published 21 March 2016
  • Art
  • Social Identities
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