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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents (edição 2020)

por Isabel Wilkerson (Autor)

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""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"--… (mais)
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Título:Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents
Autores:Isabel Wilkerson (Autor)
Informação:Random House (2020), Edition: Reprint, 496 pages
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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents por Isabel Wilkerson

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The three star rating is not so much about Wilkerson's arguments about caste systems. Instead, the rating represents the organization of the book. After a general discussion, Wilkerson makes a case for eight pillars that underlie caste systems. Within each of these chapters the author bounces back and forth between her ideas about an American caste system and the caste system in India. Interspersed throughout are quotes from historians and sociologists to support her assertions. I found all this non-linear bouncing back and forth between countries and different caste systems to be distracting. I think it took away from Wilkerson's message. That is just my perspective and I realize many other readers were fine with the structure of the book. ( )
  Ann_R | May 25, 2024 |
A disturbing look at the way Caste affects a society, especially the U.S. Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched, and beautifully written narrative and stories about real people , how America today and throughout history has been shaped by a hidden caste system
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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 system of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their outcasting of 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 surprising health costs of caste, in depression, and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. ( )
  creighley | May 13, 2024 |
This is a tough read, not because it is difficult, but because the subject matter is so difficut to read about. There is so much to be taken from it, but one thing that has stuck is how there are no statues of Nazis in Germany, but we have (or had) plenty of statues of Confederates. They have monuments to the Jews, but we have had few monuments until very recently to the slaves. ( )
  spounds | Apr 24, 2024 |
It’s a tough read, but needs to be read by everyone ( )
  corliss12000 | Mar 16, 2024 |
This is an excellent book, a must-read for anyone who wants to really understand what American society is really about.

Highlights for me include:
- A lengthy description of the "pillars" of any caste system, and how American society qualifies.
- A comparison of the American system with those of India and Nazi Germany. (Was gob-smacked to learn that the Nazis modeled their subjugation of the Jews on America's Jim Crow laws.)
- A description of the price America pays because of it's caste system (compared to other "developed" countries, we have relatively high infant mortality, poor scholastic scholastic achievement, shorter life expectancy, huge prison population, etc etc etc).
- The author's personal examples of how lower caste people are treated in America. Some are pretty devastating, all made me feel ashamed.

I felt the book had one weakness: there was very little discussion of where Native Americans, Latinx Americans, and Asian Americans fit into the system. This doesn't spoil the book, far from it, but I would have enjoyed the analyses.

Overall, this is a very engaging read, without being pedantic and with no detectable filler. It's an eye-opening challenge to thoughtful White readers, implicitly asking "how can people, who claim to be compassionate and fair-minded freedom lovers, allow such a system to exist?" This book has a permanent place in my shelves, and I will read it again.
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  rscottm182gmailcom | Mar 12, 2024 |
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A memorable, provocative book that exposes an American history in which few can take pride.
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