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The Resource Caste : the origins of our discontents, Isabel Wilkerson

Caste : the origins of our discontents, Isabel Wilkerson

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Caste : the origins of our discontents
Title
Caste
Title remainder
the origins of our discontents
Statement of responsibility
Isabel Wilkerson
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
""As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power--which groups have it and which do not." In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people's lives and behavior and the nation's fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people--including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball's Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others--she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today"--
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Provided by publisher
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilkerson, Isabel
Dewey number
305.5/122
Index
index present
LC call number
HT725.U6
LC item number
W55 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Caste
  • Social stratification
  • Ethnicity
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • United States
Label
Caste : the origins of our discontents, Isabel Wilkerson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Oprah's Book Club 2020"--Dust jacket
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-453) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1178733371
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 476 pages
Isbn
9780593230251
Lccn
2020012794
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1178733371
Label
Caste : the origins of our discontents, Isabel Wilkerson
Publication
Note
"Oprah's Book Club 2020"--Dust jacket
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-453) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1178733371
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 476 pages
Isbn
9780593230251
Lccn
2020012794
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1178733371

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