What Dr. Hibbitts does in her study is to elevate the meaning of hair as a relevant issue of discussion in understanding the dynamics of African-American people, especially women. Furthermore, her inquiry adds depth to understanding the intricacies of assimilation and acculturation for African-American people. It is commonly known that minority populations, on contact with the dominant society have a number of options, but primarily assimilation and acculturation are the variations most attempted. In the abstract, assimilation is a rather harmless process, but in reality, it can be difficult and painful.
- Terry Jones, Ph. D.
Retired Department Chair of Social Work
Cal State Hayward/ Eastbay