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Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color

Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Jablonski, Nina G.

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Living Color is the first book to investigate the social history of skin color from prehistory to the present, showing how our body's most visible feature influences our social interactions in profound and complex ways. Nina Jablonski begins this fascinating and wide-ranging work... with an explanation of the biology and evolution of skin pigmentation, tracing how skin color changed as humans moved around the globe, exploring the relationship between melanin and sunlight, and examining the consequences of mismatches between our skin color and our environment due to rapid migrations, vacations, and other life-style choices. Aided by plentiful illustrations, this book also explains why skin color has become a biological trait with great social meaning - a product of evolution perceived differently by different cultures. It considers how we form impressions of others, how we create and use stereotypes, and how prejudices about dark skin developed and have played out through history - including as justification for the transatlantic slave trade. Offering examples of how attitudes toward skin color differ in the United States, Brazil, India, and South Africa, Jablonski suggests that a knowledge of the evolution and social importance of skin color can help eliminate color-based discrimination and racism.
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ISBN 9780520283862
Released NZ 15 Sep 2014
Publisher University of California Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780520283862
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher University of California Press
Imprint University of California Press
Released 15 Sep 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Jablonski, Nina G.
Category Archaeology
Sociology, Social Studies
Ethnic Studies
Anthropology
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Equal Opportunities
Biological Anthropology
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 305.8
Weight 454g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Human skin color, Human skin color - Social aspects, Human skin color - Physiological aspects
NBS Text Sociology & Anthropology: Professional
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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