ERIC Number: EJ1019899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Skin-Color Prejudice and Within-Group Racial Discrimination: Historical and Current Impact on Latino/a Populations
Chavez-Dueñas, Nayeli Y.; Adames, Hector Y.; Organista, Kurt C.
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v36 n1 p3-26 Feb 2014
The psychological literature on colorism, a form of within-group racial discrimination, is sparse. In an effort to contribute to this understudied area and highlight its significance, a concise and selective review of the history of colorism in Latin America is provided. Specifically, three historical eras (i.e., conquest, colonization, and post-colonization) are summarized. In each era, the establishment of racial and ethnic stratification and its consequences for Latino/as of indigenous and African descent are discussed. Connections between today's color-blind racial attitudes and "mestizaje", or the mixing of races, is underscored to demonstrate how these strategies have been used, historically and today, to deny and minimize skin-color privilege. The article culminates with questions to help readers reflect and engage in dialogue about colorism as a prelude to recommendations for stimulating future research on this significant yet neglected topic.
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Ethnicity, Social Bias, Racial Discrimination, World History, Racial Attitudes, Multiracial Persons, Color, Social Attitudes, Social Stratification, Ideology
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