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Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair Hardcover – 15 Nov 2016

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780749929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780749921
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.8 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Tarlo is excellent at elucidating the vanity, money, pain and revulsion that unattached hair can represent. Think you know hair? You’ll never see it in the same way again.’

(Independent)

‘If you’re curious about your roots, you’ll enjoy exploring UK anthropology professor Emma Tarlo’s Entanglement a brilliant, comprehensive Baedeker to the billion dollar global hair trade.’

(Elle)

‘By turns surprising, unsettling and disturbing but never anything less than absorbing…weaving in history, politics and science in an interlocking, mesmerising narrative that seems wholly appropriate to the subject’.

(Literary Review)

‘Brilliant...Entanglement tracks its subject doggedly through an almost infinite number of twists and turns.’

(Times Literary Supplement)

Entanglement is dense with colourful characters and startling, unexpected information, which makes it both exhausting and delightful. Tarlo brings a lovely open-mindedness and a deadpan sense of humour to her writing.’

(New York Times Book Review)

‘Tarlo uses an ethnographer’s eye to analyse the religious, social, cultural and commercial forces that drive the industry. Yet her book reads like a travelogue as we follow her through the temple towns of India, the hair factories of China, the sorting sheds of Myanmar and the salons of Europe and Britain… By employing an anecdotal yet vigorously researched approach, Tarlo succeeds in untangling a knotty topic while keeping the reader engaged through 400-plus pages. The result is a fascinating and authoritative work.’

(John Zubrzycki, The Australian)

‘Interesting – and, at times strange’.

(Times)

'Clever, idiosyncratic…lively…full of amusing, “fancy that” information and arresting observations…what a rich subject Tarlo has chosen for her book’.

(New Statesman)

‘Wonderful…it’s not often a book gives you new eyes for your everyday world’.

(The Oldie)

‘I had no idea that a non-fiction book about hair could be quite so fascinating’.

(The Pool)

About the Author

Emma Tarlo is a professor of anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She regularly gives public lectures worldwide and contributes to BBC Radio programmes and news articles. Her previous books include Clothing Matters, winner of the 1998 Coomaraswamy Prize, and Visibly Muslim. She lives in Camden, London.



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