Race and Ethnicity: Hair and Medieval Ethnic Identities

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dc.contributor.author Phillips, Kim en
dc.contributor.editor Milliken, R en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-26T22:31:57Z en
dc.date.issued 2019 en
dc.identifier.isbn 9781474232128 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45438 en
dc.description.abstract Hair types, hairstyles, facial hair, and hair coverings all feature among medieval markers of ethnic difference. During the period ca. 800 to ca. 1450, medieval Europeans formulated divisions between peoples that encompassed both cultural and bodily attributes. Where cultural distinctions were more often emphasized in the early medieval era, over the longer period and especially from the late twelfth century there was a gradual shift toward greater emphasis on physical markers of difference—including skin color, hair color and texture, facial features, height, and body shape. Yet the body did not at this time occupy the dominant place in anthropological distinctions that it came to possess in the modern era. Head, facial, and body hair make for an interesting focus in histories of medieval ideas of human difference, as they are the product as much of cultural practices as of natural variation.1 The aim of this chapter is to offer a brief and necessarily selective view of hair’s role in medieval constructions of human differences, especially between the Christian peoples of the hegemonic centers of Latin Christendom (that is, many of the regions now occupied by the nation-states of modern western Europe) and peoples perceived as foreign or different, whether in their midst, on their periphery, or in lands far distant. en
dc.description.uri https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/a-cultural-history-of-hair-9781474232128/ en
dc.publisher Bloomsbury en
dc.relation.ispartof A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages en
dc.relation.ispartofseries A Cultural History of Hair en
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dc.title Race and Ethnicity: Hair and Medieval Ethnic Identities en
dc.type Book Item en
pubs.begin-page 123 en
pubs.volume 2 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.author-url https://books.google.co.nz/books?id=S0s4ngAACAAJ en
pubs.edition 1st en
pubs.end-page 136 en
pubs.place-of-publication London en
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pubs.elements-id 756844 en
pubs.org-id Arts en
pubs.org-id Humanities en
pubs.org-id History en
pubs.number 7 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-11-26 en

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