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Reginald B. Adams, Nalini Ambady, Ken Nakayama, and Shinsuke Shimojo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333176

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333176.001.0001

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Afrocentric Facial Features and Stereotyping

Afrocentric Facial Features and Stereotyping

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(p.306) Chapter 18 Afrocentric Facial Features and Stereotyping
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The Science of Social Vision
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Irene V. Blair

Charles M. Judd

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333176.003.0019

In this line of his landmark speech, Martn Luther King Jr expressed the troubling reality faced by thousands of people who are judged by the “color of their skin” instead of by more valid attributes. His reference to a specific, seemingly innocuous physical feature makes the injustice of the situation all the more apparent. Why would anyone use skin color as a basis for serious judgment? What, if anything, makes this specific feature so special? This chapter considers two, non-opposing perspectives on these questions: category-based stereotyping and feature-based stereotyping.

Keywords:   racial stereotyping, skin color, category-based stereotyping, feature-based stereotyping

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