How Race and Complexion Matter in the “Color-Blind” Era
2017 - 218 pages
ISBN Paperback: 9789463511087 ($ 36.00)
Number 6 of the series: Teaching Race and EthnicityFree Preview Color Struck
Skin color and skin tone has historically played a significant role in determining the life chances of African Americans and other people of color. It has also been important to our understanding of race and the processes of racialization. But what does the relationship between skin tone and stratification outcomes mean? Is skin tone correlated with stratification outcomes because people with darker complexions experience more discrimination than those of the same race with lighter complexions? Is skin tone differentiation a process that operates external to communities of color and is then imposed on people of color? Or, is skin tone discrimination an internally driven process that is actively aided and abetted by members of communities of color themselves? Color Struck provides answers to these questions. In addition, it addresses issues such as the relationship between skin tone and wealth inequality, anti-black sentiment and whiteness, Twitter culture, marriage outcomes and attitudes, gender, racial identity, civic engagement and politics at predominately White Institutions. Color Struck can be used as required reading for courses on race, ethnicity, religious studies, history, political science, education, mass communications, African and African American Studies, social work, and sociology.
PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK:
--Roland Mitchell Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University
Color Struck is a very ambitious book that expands our cultural narrative and discourse on race in America. As we become more interdependent in a global economy it is critical to recognize and understand how the social stratification within subgroups by skin tone is a universal variable of oppression or upliftment. This book explores how the intersection of skin tone and racial identity has profound effects on how minority groups are able or not able to mobilize or coalesce around a set of key principles that advance of black agenda. Subsequently, the lens by which we have historically examined discrimination must be recalibrated to address the life chances of all members of the group with variations.
--David I. Rudder, Ph.D. Associate Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Springfield College
Examining skin color stratification and its significant role in determining life chances, Color Struck advances insights into the social construction of race in contemporary American Society. Race is not a constant, but instead a fluid, dynamic process of highly contested political and social change occurring over time. This volume delineates new ways in which discussions of skin tone can be connected to the complexities of conversations on race and social inequality.
--Geoffrey L. Wood, University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg
--Pamela Lewis, Author of Teaching While Black: A New Voice on Race and Education in New York City