December 07, 2022

2:00 p.m. ET

This event is for invited researchers only.


Scholar presenter:

Njoke Thomas, Boston College

Seed generators:

Reut Livne-Tarandach, Manhattan College

Tim Pollock, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Topic:

Sisters are doing it for themselves: Asserting dignity while monetizing a marginalized experience in the influencer economy

Talk description:

Social media platforms have served to reduce many of the barriers to entry that have prevented underrepresented minorities from pursuing entrepreneurial ambitions. On YouTube alone, content users create and post at least one video per second. Each video represents an opportunity for earning ad revenue with minimal financial investment. Natural hair care content creators represent a unique niche in the DIY genre of YouTube, orchestrated by black women for black women. They spin straw into gold, embracing and monetizing a historically marginalized aspect of the black experience, natural hair. As they pursue economic empowerment on and beyond the platform, they establish autonomous meaning systems within a generative community of practice allowing for the realization of dignity in work. In this study, I employ an inductive approach to explore how seemingly self-interested individual actions can facilitate a collective movement.


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