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Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America (New Directions in American History) (Paperback)

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By Kimberly Jade Norwood (Editor)
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In the United States, as in many parts of the world, people are discriminated against based on the color of their skin. 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 wide-ranging overview of a crucial topic.

About the Author

Kimberly Jade Norwood is Professor of Law and Professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University, St. Louis.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780415517751
ISBN-10: 0415517753
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 10th, 2013
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: New Directions in American History