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Skin Deep:How Race and Complexion Matte

Skin Deep:How Race and Complexion Matte     

by Cedric Herring, Verna Keith and Hayward Derrick Horton
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260 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-10: 1-929011-26-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-929011-26-1

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

About The Author

Cedric Herring is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Dr. Herring is former President of the Association of Black Sociologists, and he was the Founding Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC. He has published widely on topics such as social policy (e.g., social welfare and affirmative action), political sociology, labor force issues and policy, stratification and inequality, and the sociology of African Americans. He is the author of Splitting the Middle: Political Alienation, Acquiescence, and Activism and he is the editor of African Americans and the Public Agenda: The Paradoxes of Public Policy and co-editor of Empowerment in Chicago: Grassroots Participation in Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation. Verna Keith is Chair of the Department of Sociology at Arizona State University. She has two main areas of research interest: (1) the study of how stress affects health and emotional well-being among African Americans and the elderly, and (2) issues related to minority access to health care. She is currently investigating gender differences in the effects of chronic stressors such as marital problems on the mental health of African Americans. She also has a project that focuses on skin-color, gender, and self-concept among African Americans. In addition, she recently completed a project that investigated socioeconomic status and use of health care among African Americans. She is a co-editor of In and Out of Our Right Minds: African American Women's Mental Health. Hayward Derrick Horton is Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany. Professor Horton specializes in demography and race and ethnicity. He has published over 20 articles on topics such as: the demography of rural Black families; differences in black-white levels of home ownership; population change and the employment status of college-educated blacks; race, ethnicity and levels of employment; the demography of black entrepreneurship; and the feminization of poverty. Professor Horton developed the first and only sociological model of black community development. He is currently co-authoring a book on the model entitled, Rebuilding Black Communities: Black Community Development in Contemporary America. Professor Horton has held leadership positions in the American Sociological Association, the Southern Sociological Society, the Rural Sociological Society, and the Society for Applied Sociology. He is currently Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Race and Ethnic Minorities, and he is currently President of the Association of Black Sociologists.

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