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Caste : the origins of our discontents / Isabel Wilkerson.

Wilkerson, Isabel, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 1432885162
  • ISBN: 9781432885168
  • ISBN: 9781432885168
  • ISBN: 1432885162
  • Physical Description: 709 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Oprah's book club, 2020" -- Cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographic references (pages 687-706).
Formatted Contents Note:
The man in the crowd -- Toxins in the permafrost and heat rising all around. The afterlife of pathogens ; The vitals of history ; An old house and an infrared light ; An American untouchable ; An invisible program -- The arbitrary construction of human divisions. A long-running play and the emergence of caste in America ; "The container we have built for you" ; The measure of humanity ; Through the fog of Delhi to the parallels in India and America ; The Nazis and the acceleration of caste ; The evil of silence -- The eight pillars of caste. The foundations of caste: the origins of our discontents ; Pillar number one: divine will and the laws of nature ; Pillar number two: heritability ; Pillar number three: endogamy and the control of marriage and mating ; Pillar number four: purity versus pollution ; Pillar number five: occupational hierarchy: the Jatis and the Mudsil ; Pillar number six: dehumanization and stigma ; Pillar number seven: terror as enforcement, cruelty as a means of control ; Pillar number eight: inherent superiority versus inherent inferiority -- The tentacles of caste. Brown eyes versus blue eyes ; Central miscasting ; Dominant group status threat and the precarity of the highest rung ; A scapegoat to bear the sins of the world ; The insecure alpha and the purpose of an underdog ; The intrusion of caste in everyday life ; The urgent necessity of a bottom rung ; Last place anxiety: packed in a flooding basement ; On the early front lines of caste ; Satchel Paige and the illogic of caste -- The consequences of caste. The euphoria of hate ; The inevitable narcissism of caste ; The German girl with the dark, wavy hair ; The Stockholm syndrome and the survival of the subordinate caste ; Shock troops on the borders of hierarchy ; Cortisol, telomeres, and the lethality of caste -- Backlash. A change in the script ; Turning point and the resurgence of caste ; The symbols of caste ; Democracy on the ballot ; The price we pay for a caste system -- Awakening. Shedding the sacred thread ; The radicalization of the dominant caste ; The heart is the last frontier -- Epilogue: a world without caste.
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 book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a 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"-- Provided by the publisher.
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.
Subject: Caste > United States.
Social stratification > United States.
Social classes > United States.
Classism > United States.
Ethnicity > United States.
Power (Social sciences) > United States.
United States > Race relations.
United States > Ethnic relations.
Large type books.
Social classes.
Large type books.
Ethnic relations.
Classism.
Caste.
Ethnicity.
Power (Social sciences)
Race relations.
Social stratification.
United States.
Genre: Large type books.

Available copies

  • 4 of 6 copies available at Bibliomation.

Holds

  • 1 current hold with 6 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Brookfield Library 305.5 WILKERSON LARGE PRINT (Text) 34029149137977 Adult Nonfiction Large Type Checked out 10/22/2022
Killingworth Library Association LP 305.5122 WIL (Text) 33420149171804 Adult Large Type Checked out 10/03/2022
Mark Twain Library Association - Redding 305.5122 Wil LP (Text) 33620147437194 Adult Large Type Available -
Ridgefield Library LP 305.5122 WIL (Text)
Digital Bookplate/Donation note: Made possible through a generous legacy gift from Aline Lawrence
34010150270576 Adult Nonfiction Large Type Available -
Southbury Public Library 305.5 WILKERSON/LP (Text) 34019149374886 Adult Large Type Available -
Tolland Public Library LP 305.5 WIL (Text) 34051150349432 Adult Nonfiction Large Type Available -


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