Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone

Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone

160 pages
Hardback ISBN: 978-0-415-94607-0
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-415-94608-7

Margaret L. Hunter, Associate Professor of Sociology
Mills College, Oakland, California

Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone tackles 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 tone continues to plague people of color today. This is the first book to explore this well-known, yet rarely discussed phenomenon.


  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: Colorstruck
  • Chapter 2: The Color of Slavery and Conquest
  • Chapter 3: Learning, Earning, and Marrying More
  • Chapter 4: Black and Brown Bodies Under the Knife
  • Chapter 5: The Beauty Queue: Advantages of Light Skin
  • Chapter 6: The Blacker the Berry: Ethnic Legitimacy and Skin Tone
  • Chapter 7: Color and the Changing Racial Landscape
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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