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

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-08-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr

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"Shattering the myth of the color-blind society, the essays in Skin Deep examine skin tone stratification in America, which affects relations not only among different races and ethnic groups but also among members of individual ethnicities. Written by some of the nation's leading thinkers on race and colorism, these essays ask 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. They 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 also grapple with emerging issues such as biracialism, color-blind racism, and 21st century notions of race. "

Table of Contents

Skin Deep: Race and Complexion in the ``Color-Blind'' Era
Cedric Herring
Light, Bright, and Almost White: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Light Skin
Margaret Hunter
Copper Brown and Blue Black: Colorism and Self Evaluation
Maxine S. Thompson
Verna M. Keith
For Richer, For Poorer, Whether Dark or Light: Skin Tone, Marital Status, and Spouse's Earnings
Korie Edwards
Katrina Carter-Tellison
Cedric Herring
``Mama, Are You Brown?'': Multiracial Families and the Color Line
Heather M. Dalmage
Beyond Black?: The Reflexivity of Appearances in Racial Identification Among Black/White Biracials
Kerry Ann Rockquemore
David L. Brunsma
Skin Tone, Class, and Racial Attitudes Among African Americans
Phillip J. Bowman
Ray Muhammad
Mosi Ifatunji
Toward a Critical Demography of Neo-Mulattoes: Structural Change and Diversity Within the Black Population
Hayward Derrick Horton
Lori Latrice Sykes
Demystifying Color-Blind Ideology: Denying Race, Ignoring Racial Inequalities
Kimberly L. Ebert
Race South of the Equator: Reexamining the Intersection of Color and Class in Brazil
Vania Penha-Lopes
From Biracial to Tri-Racial: The Emergence of a New Racial Stratification System in the United States
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Index 240(6)
About the Contributors 246

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