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Caste : the lies that divide us

By: Wilkerson, Isabel

0241486513 / 9780241486511
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United Kingdom
24 cm xvii, 476 pages
Professional & Vocational  Learn More Tertiary Education (US: College)
Originally published: New York: Random House.

THE TIME NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Required reading for all of humanity' Oprah Winfrey'It could not have come at a more urgent time' Fatima Bhutto, Guardian'An instant American classic' Dwight Garner, The New York Times'The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality.

It is about power - which groups have it and which do not'Beyond race or class, our lives are defined by a powerful, unspoken system of divisions.

In Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson gives an astounding portrait of this hidden phenomenon.

Linking America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson reveals how our world has been shaped by caste - and how its rigid, arbitrary hierarchies still divide us today.

With clear-sighted rigour, Wilkerson unearths the eight pillars that connect caste systems across civilizations, and demonstrates how our own era of intensifying conflict and upheaval has arisen as a consequence of caste.

Weaving in stories of real people, she shows how its insidious undertow emerges every day; she documents its surprising health costs; and she explores its effects on culture and politics.

Finally, Wilkerson points forward to the ways we can - and must - move beyond its artificial divisions, towards our common humanity. Beautifully written and deeply original, Caste is an eye-opening examination of what lies beneath the surface of ordinary lives.

No one can afford to ignore the moral clarity of its insights, or its urgent call for a freer, fairer world.


1DFG Germany, 1FKA India, 1KBB USA, JFFJ Social discrimination & inequality, JFSC Social classes, JHB Sociology, JPFQ Fascism & Nazism

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