86 pages 2 hours read

Isabel Wilkerson

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 2020

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In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson explores the roots and impact of caste systems in the United States, India, and Nazi Germany, arguing that America's inequality is fundamentally anchored in a racial caste system. She documents the historical construction of race, describes the universal principles of caste systems, and illustrates the ongoing consequences of these hierarchies through personal anecdotes and analysis. Topics include racial violence, discrimination, and systemic inequality.

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Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents compellingly examines America's racial hierarchy through the lens of caste. Critics praise its insightful historical parallels and engaging narrative but note its occasionally repetitive themes. Overall, Wilkerson delivers a thought-provoking exploration, though some may desire a clearer path to solutions.

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Who Should Read Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents?

Readers who would enjoy Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson are those intrigued by social justice, systemic inequality, and historical analysis. Fans of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow and Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me will appreciate Wilkerson's compelling dissection of caste systems in America.

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