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Caste : the origins of our discontents : adapted for young adults / Isabel Wilkerson.

Wilkerson, Isabel, (author.).

The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power-- which groups have it and which do not. Wilkerson explores how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. 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. She discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.

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  • ISBN: 9780593427941
  • ISBN: 0593427947
  • ISBN: 9780593427958
  • ISBN: 0593427955
  • ISBN: 9780593427972
  • ISBN: 0593427971
  • Physical Description: 338 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
"This work is based on Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, copyright © 2020 by Isabel Wilkerson. Originally published in the United States in hardcover by Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC"-- Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note:
The man in the crowd -- A structure built long ago -- The arbitrary construction of human divisions -- The eight pillars of caste -- The tentacles of caste -- The consequences of caste -- Backlash -- Awakening -- Epilogue: A world without caste.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12 and up Delacorte Press.
Awards Note:
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
Subject: Caste > United States > Juvenile literature.
Social stratification > United States > Juvenile literature.
Ethnicity > United States > Juvenile literature.
Power (Social sciences) > United States > Juvenile literature.
United States > Race relations > Juvenile literature.
Social stratification.
Power (Social sciences)
United States > Race relations.

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Trone Memorial Library (East Berlin) YA 305.5 WIL (Text)
Honor: This book is donated in honor of Nancy Lilley on being named the Lifetime of Peacemaking Award winner, Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, 2024
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