Tales of Dark-Skinned Women: Race, Gender and Global Culture

Tales of Dark-Skinned Women: Race, Gender and Global Culture

Tales of Dark-Skinned Women: Race, Gender and Global Culture

Tales of Dark-Skinned Women: Race, Gender and Global Culture

Synopsis

This engaging and original text looks at the way race and gender are portrayed in popular culture, focusing on the representation of black women. The study includes consideration of the politics of representation in Britain and the US.

Excerpt

There is today wide agreement that questions about race, racism and ethnicity are at the heart of contemporary social and political changes in many societies. It seems that almost everybody is talking about the role of racial and ethnic categorisation in the construction of social and political identities. There is, however, little clarity about how to analyze the transformations that are currently going on. Race and representation is a series that is focused on the need to provide a forum for some of the best and most challenging work in this field. It seeks to build on recent theoretical advances by providing an arena for new and challenging conceptual and empirical studies on the changing morphology of race and racism in contemporary societies. The need for studies of this kind is evident in the complex varieties of racial and ethnic conflict that have emerged in a variety of societies in recent years and in the changing expressions of racism and forms of racial identity.

One of the most notable developments in recent years has been the re-evaluation of the relationship between race and gender in the construction of understandings of race and ethnicity. Much of this

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