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

de 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"--… (més)
Membre:Jack.Bodenhamer
Títol:Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents
Autors:Isabel Wilkerson (Autor)
Informació:Random House (2020), Edition: Reprint, 496 pages
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Es mostren 1-5 de 119 (següent | mostra-les totes)
4/5: In the process of reading the book now. In the first 25 pages noticed a superficial passing/skipping of the importance of the Class System in England and colonization on subsequent generations (even now). While the author briefly mentioned, does not give appropriate attribution to the Suffragette / Women's voting contribution to US Democracy. So far has not addressed the property of women lasted longer than the Color/Caste system of Black men (who could vote before white women); or previous landless white peoples who couldn't vote.

First impression: Great writer. I loved the initial focus on pathogen in Finland and public health influenced by WW2 anthranx. It veered off thought into rather simplistic story telling which unfortunately, undermines the initial, and exciting, search for truth.

So far, has not mentioned the Rape of Nanking or class/caste systems outside of North America/Europe. Wonder why not.

3/3/2022 Finished the book after putting it down for a long time and downgraded to 2/5.
I am aware of the work of Nell Painter and from memory Wilkerson even references Painter in the early parts of the book, yet later Wilkerson uses terms such as "caucasian" (which Painter provided is racist, a scientist named "all" skulls from Europe based on the "perfect" skull of people from the Caucuses (Georgia); so the short of it is -- it seems Wilkerson has a wonderful framework to pull together, but has not adequately done the research.

10/2 I am going to guess that the many 5-star reviews comprise of a) people who didn't actually read/finish the book, b) have a form of guilt and little awareness of social history, c) hopefully not - are using this book as a form of instruction

Abbreviated notes:
- Author is a great writer
-Premise of book is not original / logic is faulty
-Obvious blind spots in author - reference to women ignored (largely), incorrectly names Caste in situations when it should have been patriarchy, uses language of patriarchy ( )
  maitrigita | Oct 2, 2022 |
What do you think of when you think of "caste"? Probably India, where the caste system was part of the culture and religion for thousands of years, from the rich Brahmins to the "untouchable" Dalits, and the caste you were born in was where you stayed. But what if America operates under a caste system, using race as its basis?

That's the thesis of Isabel Wilkerson's newest book, Caste, which explores how caste operates with - do I really have to spell it out? - white people at the top, Black people at the bottom, and other "races" somewhere in the middle. Instead of discussing race, though, she'll describe the caste ("the dominant caste," for example), reframing the conversation in a way that addresses both racism and classism but argues that caste is the framework for both. She'll often use India and Nazi Germany to compare and contrast caste in America, as she discusses the way caste has impacted every aspect of life - not just the history of slavery and concentration camps, but health outcomes, election results, and more. There is a lot here to digest, some parts are really hard to read, but it's well worth the effort and, I believe, a compelling argument for how our system works. ( )
  bell7 | Sep 21, 2022 |
The Aryan migration - 25,000 years my ancestors traced path from the melting glaciers of Eurasia into the fertile Indo-Gangetic plains ; and with them came forth an ideology devised to subjugate , conquer and maintain status quo which stands to this date – in direct confrontation with the indigenous groups (Dravidians) subsequently relegated to southern peninsula . The "Varnas” a system which ensued maintained a vice like grip on all aspects of life (since it is decided by birth) and operates with impunity even now ( Hathras case of lower caste Dalit / Harijan is just the tip )

What Wilkerson does so impeccably is draw parallels between the Indian Caste system with Slavery and Jim Crow segregation era .

As usual for any regressive ideology to survive it is supported an all too familiar scaffolding.
Divine or natural order – written in scripture ( Ham's curse , The Laws of Manu ) or it was intended by nature we should superior then them ( magnifying genetic differences to dominant group advantage ; eugenics ) Maintaining status quo by controlling livelihood mechanisms – Upper caste can only be landowners or priests etc. , while the Dalit are left to scavenging or other labors considered too demeaning , needless to say Wilkerson conclusively shows similar pattern closer at home . “Purity” ideological or racial – restrictions inter-racial or inter-faith unions, segregation apartheid laws & stigmatizing or ostracizing such families. Scapegoating – why there always the need for an “outsider” for projecting or blaming the deficiencies or failures on the subordinate caste or race .

These are just to name a few, the list is quite exhaustive and very well researched ; how mechanism are in place which operate at subconscious level of the dominate ape to discriminate and dehumanize the out group .

The subject that caught me off-guard was the Stockholm syndrome and how it operated in an tyrannical caste framework , also the studies on how the recent opioid crisis which ravaged the “rust belt” had largely effected the one race .

I always thread with trepidation and skepticism when delving into such racial topics - lest I fall into the same trappings of heard like thinking ; I must conclude Wilkerson has done an exemplary job in bringing to light systematic institutional prejudice without playing the victim card . ( )
  Vik.Ram | Aug 12, 2022 |
Caste, I feel, is a must-read for everyone. It covers events, times, and places thoroughly and explores how caste continues to dramatically and negatively influence our lives in ways we (or at least I) haven't thought about.

I read Caste alongside the historical fiction book, The Personal Librarian. Doing so added a greater depth of perception as I compared passages from each.

A minor quibble near the end: Wilkerson offhandedly tosses in Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman in the same brief paragraph about the confederate flag being removed from SC's state capitol, seemingly as proof that bigotry was finally being revealed across the nation. I wonder if Wilkerson read that book? Please see my review here: https://donnamariemerritt.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/review-of-go-set-a-watchman/

That small bit aside, I highly recommend this book. ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Aug 2, 2022 |
Essential reading. This is the shit they need to teach in schools.

The book summary promises solutions for moving forward but doesn't deliver on it. ( )
  hissingpotatoes | Jul 9, 2022 |
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A memorable, provocative book that exposes an American history in which few can take pride.
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Because even if I should speak,
no one would believe me,
And they would not believe me precisely because
they wuld know that that I said was ture.
--------James Baldwin
If the majority knew of the root of this evil,

then the road to its cure would not be long.

-------------------Albert Einstein
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To the memory of my parents

who survived the caste system

and to the memory of Brett

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In the haunted summer of 2016, an unaccustomed heat wave struck the Siberian tundra on the edge of what the ancients once called the End of the Land.
There is a famous black-and-white photograph from the era of the Third Reich.
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Hitler had made it to the chancellery in a brokered deal that conservative elites agreed to only because they were convinced they could hold him in check and make use of him for their own political aims. They underestimated his cunning and overestimated his base of support, which had been the very reasson the had felt they needed him in the first place. At the height of their power at the polls, the Nazis never pulled the majority they coveted and drew only 38 percent of the vote in the country's last free and fair elections at the onset of their twelve-year reign. The old guard did not foresee, or chose not to see, that his actual mission was "to exploit the methods of democracy to destroy democracy." (p 82)
Caste is insidious and therefore powerful because it is not hatred, it is not necessarily personal. It is the worn grooves of comforting routines and unthinking expectations, patterns of a social order that have been in place for so long that it looks like the natural order of things.
The human impulse to create hierarchies runs across societies and cultures, predates the idea of race, and thus is farther reaching, deeper, and older than raw racism and the comparatively new division of humans by skin color.
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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"--

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