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

av Isabel Wilkerson (Författare)

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Titel:Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents
Författare:Isabel Wilkerson (Författare)
Info:Random House (2020), 496 pages
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Caste: The Origins of our Discontents av Isabel Wilkerson

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Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents made me re-think what racism is, and why people who may not consider themselves racist do indeed follow the US caste system. The fundamental similarities between slavery, Nazi Germany and India's untouchables are point by point discussed. The writing on the subject of the US caste system is not something I've ever read about before, but it should be a must read for every white American. ( )
  JessicaAS | Jun 2, 2021 |
Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is rather provocative book. It looked at the entire social structures that permeated history. The author’s analysis was based on racial and ethnic characteristics. Wilkerson examined the caste systems of India, Nazi Germany, and America. She also made references to segregation in South Africa and Great Britain.
In these countries a dominant class is identified with a subordinate one. India has a rigid system that is religiously based. Nazi Germany saw the Jewish people as the scapegoats with millions perishing in the holocaust, while in America African Americans were former slaves who were abused and many were lynched by their white masters. The legacy of such relationships penetrated the very fabric of these societies.
Wilkerson argued that because of these structures countries and its citizens continue to suffer because of the myopic vision of their culture. Many people are hung up on stereotypes. There exists a predominant of abuses, and much talent is wasted. The dominant class continues to exploit and exacerbate this situation by its emphasis on white values to the detriment of diversity with African Americans, Asians, Latin Americans, native Americans, women, and other non-traditional groups. ( )
  erwinkennythomas | May 29, 2021 |
  joyblue | May 20, 2021 |
Brilliant. Essential. Undeniable. This book needed to be written. Wilkerson reveals the origins of the caste system in America, something so many in the dominant caste are unwilling to recognize. ( )
  elifra | May 20, 2021 |
Should be required reading everywhere! ( )
  booksinbed | May 19, 2021 |
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The descriptions are vivid in their horror; the connections travel across history and time to resonate in the mind. This structural move is a classic trademark of Wilkerson's style, and one of the attributes of her unique voice that imbues her writing with such textured depth. Wilkerson's use of a poetic focus on imagery and detailed characterization allows us an intimate and personal relationship with the lives of those she chronicles; when this empathic closeness is juxtaposed with the harsh brutality of the historical record the contrast is resonant and haunting, becoming a towering memorial to those violated by the violence of caste.
 
“Caste,” the book, upsets the already rickety national myth that anyone in the United States can be anything — albeit, without entirely abandoning that hope.... It’s the creeping horror of potentially losing ground. “Make America Great Again” is, if nothing else, a plea to maintain caste. Political scientists in Wilkerson’s book refer to that panic as “dominant group status threat,” a funhouse reflection in which those on the bottom rungs are seen as moving up a little too easily for the comfort of those at the top.
 
Wilkerson’s book is a work of synthesis. She borrows from all that has come before, and her book stands on many shoulders. “Caste” lands so firmly because the historian, the sociologist and the reporter are not at war with the essayist and the critic inside her. This book has the reverberating and patriotic slap of the best American prose writing.... “Caste” deepens our tragic sense of American history. It reads like watching the slow passing of a long and demented cortege. In its suggestion that we need something akin to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, her book points the way toward an alleviation of alienation. It’s a book that seeks to shatter a paralysis of will. It’s a book that changes the weather inside a reader.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraNew York Times, Dwight Garner (betalvägg) (Jul 31, 2020)
 
A memorable, provocative book that exposes an American history in which few can take pride.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraKirkus Reviews (May 30, 2020)
 
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