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Caste : the origins of our discontents

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First edition.

""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--whichgroups 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"--

Available copies

  • 47 of 169 copies available at Westchester Library System.
  • 2 of 3 copies available at Purchase Free Library. (Show)

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79 current holds with 169 total copies.
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Purchase Free Library NEW NONFIC 305.5 W (Text)
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31027150595201
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Purchase Free Library NEW NONFIC 305.5 WIL (Text)
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31027150571145
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Purchase Free Library NEW NONFIC 305.5 WIL (Text)
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31027150571152
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Ardsley Public Library 305.5 W (Text)
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31000151257337
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07/01/2021
Bedford Free Library 305.5 W (Text)
New Book
31002150807500
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06/01/2021
Bedford Hills Free Library 305.512 W (Text)
New Book
31003151567580
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Briarcliff Manor Public Library 305.5122 WILKERSON (Text)
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31036150935366
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Briarcliff Manor Public Library 305.5122 WILKERSON (Text)
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31036150942214
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07/06/2021
Briarcliff Manor Public Library 305.5122 WILKERSON (Text)
New Nonfiction
31036150947114
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Briarcliff Manor Public Library 305.5122 WILKERSON (Text)
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31036150947122
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Briarcliff Manor Public Library 305.5122 WILKERSON (Text)
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31036150947130
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06/24/2021
Bronxville Public Library 305.5 W (Text)
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31004151754061
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Bronxville Public Library 305.5 W (Text)
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31004151754111
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Chappaqua Library 305.5 WILKERSON (Text)
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31005153444007
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Chappaqua Library 305.5 WILKERSON (Text)
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31005153632346
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Chappaqua Library 305.5 WILKERSON (Text)
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31005600053070
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07/03/2021
Croton Free Library 305.5122 W (Text)
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31006151792629
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06/24/2021
Croton Free Library 305.5122 W (Text)
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31006151793411
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07/08/2021
Croton Free Library 305.5122 W (Text)
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31006151814787
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07/01/2021
Dobbs Ferry Public Library 305.5 W (Text)
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31007151383054
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Dobbs Ferry Public Library 305.5 W (Text)
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31007151395561
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Dobbs Ferry Public Library 305.5122 W (Text)
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31007151385331
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Eastchester Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31008152385510
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07/01/2021
Eastchester Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31008152387078
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09/09/2021
Eastchester Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
Express Item
31008152387086
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07/02/2021
Eastchester Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31008152470734
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06/28/2021
Eastchester Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31008152471351
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06/23/2021
Eastchester Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31008152471369
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Greenburgh Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31009154509131
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Greenburgh Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31009154509149
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07/06/2021
Greenburgh Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31009154509156
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06/11/2021
Greenburgh Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31009154682342
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07/03/2021
Greenburgh Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31009154687507
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Greenburgh Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31009154687515
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06/28/2021
Greenburgh Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31009154687523
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07/01/2021
Greenburgh Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31009154745388
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06/01/2021
Harrison Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31010300226927
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07/01/2021
Harrison Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31010300238963
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Harrison Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31010300239813
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Harrison Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31010300242742
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Harrison Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31010300242759
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Harrison Public Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31010300242767
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06/25/2021
Harrison West Harrison Branch Library 305.512 W (Text)
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31010400102424
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Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library 305.5 W (Text)
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31011151380987
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06/23/2021
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library 305.5 W (Text)
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31011151381043
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07/02/2021
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library 305.5 W (Text)
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31011151407624
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06/15/2021
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library 305.5 W B&T (Text)
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31011151407426
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Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library 305.5 W B&T (Text)
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31011151407608
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07/02/2021
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library 305.5 W B&T (Text)
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31011151407616
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05/28/2021
Hendrick Hudson Free Library 305.5 W (Text)
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31016151697447
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06/25/2021
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