Shoptalk: Teaching and learning in an African American hair salon

Yolanda J. Majors

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This study examines ways of speaking, performing, and reasoning within an urban, African American hair salon. I argue here that participants within the salon, through participation, collaboration, and negotiation, construct and transmit their understandings of the world within systems of activity. By identifying how members of the community hair salon use cultural resources and institutional technologies, co-construct knowledge, and change and develop through their participation in activity, my aim is to draw a better understanding of how learning takes place outside of the classroom. By identifying the labor-related activities within the hair salon, the participation structures which support these activities, and the socially shared, cultural funds of knowledge, I hope to make visible certain mediating structures that support culturally relevant learning and teaching in the African American community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-310
Number of pages22
JournalMind, Culture, and Activity
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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The research reported in this article was made possible in part by a grant from the Spencer Foundation. The statements made and the views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.


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