The Color Paradigm: The Impact of Colorism on the Racial Identity and Identification of Latinas

Laura Quiros, Beverly Araujo Dawson

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Abstract

Existing research has provided scant analysis on the impact of colorism or skin color privilege and stigma on racial identity and identification among Latinos/as. This article explores the dynamics of colorism and the impact on racial identity and identification among Latinos/as of varying phenotypes. The experiences of a subset of eight Caribbean Latinas and one Chicana are used to illustrate how Latinas negotiate their racial identification and survive experiences of both stigma and privilege within the U.S. context. The article concludes with implications for social work research, practice, and pedagogy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-297
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Colorism
  • Culture
  • Latinas
  • Racial identification

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