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Color matters : skin tone bias and the myth of a post-racial America

Author: Kimberly Jade Norwood
Publisher: New York : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Series: New directions in American history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the United States, as in many parts of the world, people are discriminated against based on gradations of skin color. This type of skin tone bias, or colorism, is both related to and distinct from discrimination on the basis of race, with which it is often conflated. Preferential treatment of lighter skin tones over darker occurs within racial and ethnic groups as well as between them. While America has made  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kimberly Jade Norwood
ISBN: 9780415517744 0415517745 9780415517751 0415517753
OCLC Number: 848267679
Description: vi, 248 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The ubiquitousness of colorism : then and now / Kimberly Jade Norwood and Violeta Solonova Foreman --
The origins of colorism in early American law / Paul Finkelman --
The rise and fall of the One-Drop rule : how the importance of color came to eclipse race / Kevin D. Brown --
A darker shade of pale revisited : disaggregated blackness and colorism in the "post-racial" Obama era / Taunya Lovell Banks --
Colorism and interracial intimacy : how skin color matters / Kellina M. Craig-Henderson --
Fragmented identity : psychological insecurity and colorism among African Americans / Vetta L. Sanders Thompson --
Colorism and Blackthink : a modern augmentation of double consciousness / Kimberly Jade Norwood --
The implications of skin color vis-à-vis discrimination : revisiting affirmative action / Ronald E. Hall and Adrienne Johnson --
A new way forward : the development and preliminary validation of two colorism scales / Richard D. Harvey, Kira Hudson Banks, and Rachel E. Tennial.
Series Title: New directions in American history.
Responsibility: edited by Kimberly Jade Norwood.

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"In the United States, as in many parts of the world, people are discriminated against based on gradations of skin color. This type of skin tone bias, or colorism, is both related to and distinct from discrimination on the basis of race, with which it is often conflated. Preferential treatment of lighter skin tones over darker occurs within racial and ethnic groups as well as between them. While America has made progress in issues of race over the past decades, discrimination on the basis of color continues to be a constant and often unremarked part of life. In Color Matters, Kimberly Jade Norwood has collected the most up-to-date research on this insidious form of discrimination, including perspectives from the disciplines of history, law, sociology, and psychology. Anchored with historical chapters that show how the influence and legacy of slavery have shaped the treatment of skin color in American society, the contributors to this volume bring to light the ways in which colorism affects us all--influencing what we wear, who we see on television, and even which child we might pick to adopt. Sure to be an eye-opening collection for anyone curious about how race and color continue to affect society, Color Matters provides students of race in America with a wide-ranging overview of a crucial topic."--Publisher information.

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