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Caste : the origins of our discontents / Isabel Wilkerson.

Wilkerson, Isabel, (author.).

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  • 9 of 45 copies available at SC LENDS.

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61 current holds with 45 total copies.

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AHJ - Hardeeville Branch 305.512 WIL (Text) 30365101410745 Adult Non-Fiction Checked out 03/18/2021
Anderson - Anderson Main Library 305.5 Wilkerson Isabel (Text) 22960002046851 Adult New Non-Fiction Checked out 01/13/2021
Anderson - Belton Branch 305.5 Wilkerson Isabel (Text) 22960002063906 Adult Non-Fiction Checked out 03/17/2021
Anderson - Iva Branch 305.5 Wilkerson Isabel (Text) 22960002063914 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Anderson - Pendleton Branch 305.5122 Wilkerson Isabel (Text) 28063931 Adult Rental Non-Fiction On holds shelf -
Anderson - Powdersville Branch 305.5 Wilkerson Isabel (Text) 22960002015369 Adult Non-Fiction Checked out 03/22/2021
Anderson - Westside Branch 305.5122 Wilkerson Isabel (Text) 28137479 Adult Rental Non-Fiction Checked out 03/17/2021
Beaufort - Beaufort Branch 305.5122 WIL (Text) 0530006285681 Adult New Books Checked out 03/19/2021
Beaufort - Beaufort Branch 305.5122 WIL (Text) 0530011247935 Adult New Books Checked out 03/10/2021
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593230251
  • ISBN: 0593230256
  • Physical Description: xvii, 476 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-453) and index.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Awards Note:
Oprah's Book Club 2020 | Longlisted for the National Book Award | Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, 2020
Subject: Racism > United States.
Caste > United States.
Social stratification > United States.
Ethnicity > United States.
Power (Social sciences) > United States.
United States > Race relations.

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