- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (January 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804759995
- ISBN-13: 978-0804759991
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you think that there is nothing left to write or read about skin color and human societies, Shades of Difference will change your mind and shake you up." (Nina G. Jablonski)
"Skin color and race are often used synonymously in the US. From historical accounts of black beauty pageants to social meanings of color in Brazil to global marketing of skin lightening products, Nakano Glenn presents an array of research from different countries of the world to analyze the meanings and hierarchies of skin-color. The result is a very thought-provoking book that will reshape how scholars think about skin color and race in the contemporary world." (Bandana Purkayastha University of Connecticut)
"[T]his is an excellent collection with new findings, important ideas, and moving quotations and illustrations. I recommend it highly." (Jennifer L. Hochschild Journal of American Ethnic History)
"Shades of Difference is a distinguished collection that broadens the new area of colorism scholarship to include the national and international class dynamics of why skin color matters. Evelyn Nakano Glenn has brought together diverse authors to capture a range of identities shaped by the national and international politics and economics of skin color. A must read for all concerned with critical race studies." (Mary Romero)
About the Author
Evelyn Nakano Glenn is Professor of Ethnic Studies and Gender and Women's Studies and Founding Director of the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently holds the position of president-elect of the American Sociological Association and will assume the presidency of the association in 2009.
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Too often, books use the term "person of color" and then only speak of one racial group. This book breaks that unfortunate trend. There are chapters about African Americans, West Indians, East Indians, and Filipinos. The whole proves this is a global inequality (and may be on the increase).
Many of the chapters focus on those who use dangerous bleaches to lighten their skin. It says African Americans do that and shows an ad for such a product. I'm African American and I don't know of anybody who's ever used a bleach. They might use makeup or try to stay out of the sun, but doing something cosmetic? Who has the money for that? Thus, I worry, just a little bit, that this book is overstated.
Some statements in the text really irritate me. One author speaks to Mexicans in the state of Veracruz who deny being Black; they say they just tell well. However, other statements reveal "reverse colorism." One author said some women purposely get AI from men of darker races because they don't want their children to be as pallid as them. The chapters about whether the law can fight colorism among Latinos had important messages, but may be far too difficult for some casual readers to understand.
This wasn't a perfect book, but it was a great stepping stone to get the conversation started on this brand of inequality. I think it will greatly help undergraduates who want to write papers on the matter.