"Do You Believe in Bobbed Hair?" The Social Construction of the Bob in Early Twentieth-Century America

Bobbed hair arrived on the American cultural scene shortly after the turn of the century, and by the mid 1920s, bobbed hair was the dominant fashionable hairstyle for women. Women who bobbed their hair, especially in the early days of the trend, did so knowing they would face a cultural backlash and some would question their femininity and morality. The bob hairstyle of the early twentieth century marks a pivotal moment in American culture; having ones hair bobbed was a radical expression of bodily autonomy and a physical strike against American sociocultural norms. Using archival research, this thesis documents the social construction of the bob hairstyle in the early twentieth century.

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Work Title "Do You Believe in Bobbed Hair?" The Social Construction of the Bob in Early Twentieth-Century America
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  1. Morrow, Julia Lydia
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  1. hairstyle as text
  2. fashion history
License Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
Work Type Thesis
Publication Date May 9, 2015
Deposited May 09, 2015

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