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Perceptions of Beauty and Identity: The Skin Bleaching Phenomenon in Jamaica
Adult Education Research Conference Proceedings (2011)
  • Petra A Robinson, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway
Abstract
Founded on the significance of the skin bleaching phenomenon in Jamaica, and the persistent influences of colonialism, the purpose of this paper is twofold: (a) to explore the skin bleaching phenomenon and (b) to provide a snapshot of how colonialism (despite national independence) influences perceptions of beauty and identity in Jamaica, particularly through informal learning. Based on an empirical study, the research sought to explore and understand the perceptions and motivations behind the practice of skin bleaching, given the historical and social context, and how it influenced the participants’ perceptions of beauty and identity.
Keywords
  • Adult Education,
  • Skin Bleaching,
  • Colorism
Publication Date
June, 2011
Citation Information
Petra A Robinson. "Perceptions of Beauty and Identity: The Skin Bleaching Phenomenon in Jamaica" Adult Education Research Conference Proceedings (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/petra_robinson/2/