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Book Forum for The Managed Hand: Race, Gender and the Body in Beauty Service Work by Miliann Kang

Date:
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 6:30 PM

Location:
KCS Auditorium (뉴욕한인봉사센터 강당), 35-65 159 Street, Flushing, NY 11354

Details:

Author:
Miliann Kang, associate professor in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

   The Managed Hand: Race, Gender and the Body in Beauty Service Work
(University of California Press, 2010)

Discussion: Korean Immigrant Women, Nail Salons And Service Work

Summary of the Book:

Miliann Kang takes us inside the nail industry, asking such questions as: Why have nail salons become so popular? Why do so many Asian women, and Korean women in particular, provide these services? What kind of services are offered in these sites, and what kind of relations are forged in the process?  Kang uncovers many motivations for the manicure from the pampering of white middle and upper-class women to the artistic self-expression of working class African American women to the routine consumption of “inexpensive and fast body services. She also examines the ways that manicuring relations reflect the complex relationships of race, gender, class and immigration.

Her book, The Managed Hand: Race, Gender and the Body in Beauty Service Work (University of California Press, 2010) has received five book awards, four from four different sections of the American Sociological Association (Sections on Asia and Asian America, Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Sex and Gender, and Race, Gender and Class), and the other one from the National Women’s Studies Association. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at New York University

 
 

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