Ingrid Banks

University of California, Santa Barbara

Ingrid Banks, Assistant Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will analyze ethnographic data from five U.S. cities to write a book looking at black-owned beauty salons. While a great deal of research has examined black-white cultural contact in work settings where the races are compelled to interact, this work will focus on an area that is less well-documented: interaction in black-dominated settings that whites choose to enter. Banks' early results indicate that blacks welcome integration of these primarily homogenous environments.

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