Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century

Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century

by JeffriAnne Wilder


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Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century by JeffriAnne Wilder

This book offers an in-depth sociological exploration of present-day colorism in the lives of black women, investigating the lived experiences of a phenomenon that continues to affect women of African descent.

• Presents a contemporary sociological analysis of the issue of skin-tone prejudice and discrimination and the unique social and cultural implications for black women in today's society

• Provides readers with a vocabulary for understanding and discussing the unique features and characteristics of colorism in the 21st century

• Supplies scholarly analysis balanced with thought-provoking testimony from more than 60 black women between the ages of 18 and 25 on how color matters in their daily lives

• Offers concrete strategies for change and empowerment in dismantling the paradigm of colorism

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440831096
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/31/2015
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

JeffriAnne Wilder, PhD, is associate professor of sociology at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

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Verna M. Keith

"Through a compelling analysis of how colorism is talked about, made sense of, and even practiced by young, Black women in their everyday lives, this book provides new understandings of the linkages between skin tone and racism and the gendered nature of both. Giving much needed attention to the often neglected women in the 'brown' middle, this work reminds us that colorism is not a dichotomy of light vs. dark, but that those who fall in the middle of the continuum have their own color narratives. Despite the optimistic view that skin color bias died out in the 'black is beautiful' era, Wilder convincingly demonstrates that the color hierarchy continues well past its expiration date."

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