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Caste : the origins of our discontents  Cover Image Book Book

Caste : the origins of our discontents / Isabel Wilkerson.

Wilkerson, Isabel, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 0593230256 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9780593230251 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9780593230251
  • ISBN: 0593230256
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
""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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Caste > United States.
Social stratification > United States.
Ethnicity > United States.
Power (Social sciences) > United States.
United States > Race relations.

Available copies

  • 85 of 99 copies available at Bibliomation.


  • 6 current holds with 99 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ansonia Public Library 305.5 WIL (Text) 34045120760744 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Babcock Library - Ashford 305.5 Wil (Text) 33110144162268 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 08/31/2022
Beacon Falls Public Library 305.5 WIL (Text) 33120146649345 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Beardsley & Memorial Library - Winsted 305.5 WILKERS (Text) 33750000076732 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Beekley Community Library - New Hartford 305.5 WILKERSON, I. (Text) 32544072593519 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Bentley Memorial Library - Bolton 305.5122 Wil (Text) 33160144179051 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Bethel Public Library 305.5 WIL (Text) 34030148169979 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 10/18/2022
Bethel Public Library 305.5 WIL (Text) 34030150533989 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Black Rock Branch - Bridgeport 305.5 WILKERSON (Text) 34000147928485 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Booth & Dimock Library - Coventry ANF 305.512 WIL (Text) 33260000535717 Adult Nonfiction Available -
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