“If You're Light You're Alright”

  title={“If You're Light You're Alright”},
  author={Margaret Hunter},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  pages={175 - 193}
  • M. Hunter
  • Published 1 April 2002
  • Education
  • Gender & Society
This article uses two national survey data sets to analyze the effects of skin color on life outcomes for African American and Mexican American women. Using a historical framework of European colonialism and slavery, this article explains how skin color hierarchies were established and are maintained. The concept of social capital is used to explain how beauty, defined through light skin, works as capital and as a stratifying agent for women on the dimensions of education, income, and spousal… 

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