Skin Deep: How Race and Complexion Matter in the

Skin Deep: How Race and Complexion Matter in the "Color-Blind" Era / Edition 1

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Skin Deep: How Race and Complexion Matter in the "Color-Blind" Era / Edition 1

Why do Latinos with light skin complexions earn more than those with darker complexions? Why do African American women with darker complexions take longer to get married than their lighter counterparts? Why did Michael Jackson become lighter as he became wealthier and O.J. Simpson became darker when he was accused of murder? Why is Halle Berry considered a beautiful sex symbol, while Whoopi Goldberg is not? Skin Deep provides answers to these intriguing questions. It shows that although most white Americans maintain that they do not judge others on the basis of skin color, skin tone remains a determining factor in educational attainment, occupational status, income, and other quality of life indicators. Shattering the myth of the color-blind society, Skin Deep is a revealing examination of the ways skin tone inequality operates in America. The essays in this collection-by some of the nation's leading thinkers on race and colorism-examine these phenomena, asking whether skin tone differentiation is imposed upon communities of color from the outside or is an internally-driven process aided and abetted by community members themselves. The essays also question whether the stratification process is the same for African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans. Skin Deep addresses such issues as the relationship between skin tone and self esteem, marital patterns, interracial relationships, socioeconomic attainment, and family racial identity and composition. The essays in this accessible book also grapple with emerging issues such as biracialism, color-blind racism, and 21st century notions of race in the U.S. and in other countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781929011261
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 07/11/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 "Skin Deep: Race and Complexion in the 'Color-Blind' Era" by Cedric Herring
Chapter 2 "Light, Bright, and Almost White: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Light Skin" by Margaret Hunter
Chapter 3 "Copper Brown and Blue Black: Colorism and Self Evaluation" by Maxine S. Thompson and Verna M. Keith
Chapter 4 "For Richer, For Poorer, Whether Dark or Light: Skin Tone, Marital Status, and Spouse's Earnings" by Korie Edwards, Katrina Carter-Tellison, and Cedric Herring
Chapter 5 "'Mama, Are You Brown?': Multiracial Families and the Color Line" by Heather M. Dalmage
Chapter 6 "Beyond Black?: The Reflexivity of Appearances in Racial Identification Among Black/White Biracials" by Kerry Ann Rockquemore and David L. Brunsma
Chapter 7 "Skin Tone, Class, and Racial Attitudes Among African Americans" by Phillip J. Bowman, Ray Muhammad, and Mosi Ifatunji
Chapter 8 "Toward a Critical Demography of Neo-Mulattoes: Structural Change and Diversity Within the Black Population" by Hayward Derrick Horton and Lori Latrice Sykes
Chapter 9 "Demystifying Color-Blind Ideology: Denying Race, Ignoring Racial Inequalities" by Kimberly L. Ebert
Chapter 10 "Race South of the Equator: Reexamining the Intersection of Color and Class in Brazil" by Vânia Penha-Lopes
Chapter 11 "From Biracial to Tri-Racial: The Emergence of a New Racial Stratification System in the United States" by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

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