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Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone

ISBN-10: 0415946085

ISBN-13: 9780415946087

Edition: 2005

Authors: Margaret L. Hunter

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Women and the Politics of Skin Tonetackles the hidden yet painful issue of colorism in the African American and Mexican American communities. Beginning with a historical discussion of slavery and colonization in the Americas, the book quickly moves forward to a contemporary analysis of how skin color continues to plague people of color today. Margaret Hunter describes how colorism leads to discrimination resulting in lower levels of education, lower incomes, and lower status husbands. In addition to issues of color, Hunter also investigates the growing phenomenon of cosmetic surgery to Anglicize facial features such as noses and lips. In startling interviews with African American and Mexican American women, Margaret Hunter also presents the voices of women of color who describe the personal, and often private pain of colorism in their own lives. Light-skinned women gain advantages in terms of beauty status and romantic relationships, while dark-skinned women ae typically viewed as moreauthentic members of their own racial/ethnic groups. This is the first book to explore this well-known, yet rarely discussed phenomenon.
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Colorstruck
The Color of Slavery and Conquest
Learning, Earning, and Marrying More
Black and Brown Bodies Under the Knife
The Beauty Queue Advantages of Light Skin
The Blacker the Berry Ethnic Legitimacy and Skin Tone
Color and the Changing Racial Landscape
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography