Beauty Shops and Civil War: Women in Liberia



Burr Singla, Lindsay

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This thesis focuses on the experiences of women at beauty shops during violent civil conflict. Though beauty services would seem to be a peacetime activity, the women in this study indicated they continued to patronize beauty shops throughout the violent civil war. The aim of this study is to shed light on the invisible interactions of women and to find benefits associated with their time at beauty shops beyond the specific beauty services. Beauticians continued to find ways to offer their services during the civil war. Clients found ways to partake in beauty services despite there being physical risks to do so. Findings of this study may provide resources for navigating the end of a violent conflict, during peace building and reconstruction. The case study is the Liberian second civil war and respondents were in Monrovia, the capital, and surrounding areas during the conflict.



Women, Informal networks, Civil war, Gendered space, Conflict, Civilians