Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

by Isabel Wilkerson

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ISBN-13: 9781432885168
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 02/10/2021
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 678
Sales rank: 80,313
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns. Her debut work won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and was named to Time’s 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s and The New York Times’s list of the Best Nonfiction of All Time. She has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston Universities and has lectured at more than two hundred other colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe and Asia.

Table of Contents

The Man in the Crowd 15

Part 1 Toxins in the Permafrost and Heat Rising All Around

Chapter 1 The Afterlife of Pathogens 21

The Vitals of History 37

Chapter 2 An Old House and an Infrared Light 39

Chapter 3 An American Untouchable 48

An Invisible Program 66

Part 2 The Arbitrary Construction of Human Divisions

Chapter 4 A Long-Running Play and the Emergence of Caste in America 71

Chapter 5 "The Container We Have Built for You" 94

Chapter 6 The Measure of Humanity 106

Chapter 7 Through the Fog of Delhi to the Parallels in India and America 124

Chapter 8 The Nazis and the Acceleration of Caste 132

Chapter 9 The Evil of Silence 149

Part 3 The Eight Pillars of Caste

The Foundations of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 161

Pillar Number One: Divine Will and the Laws of Nature 163

Pillar Number Two: Heritability 169

Pillar Number Three: Endogamy and the Control of Marriage and Mating 174

Pillar Number Four: Purity versus Pollution 183

Pillar Number Five: Occupational Hierarchy: The Jatis and the Mudsill 208

Pillar Number Six: Dehumanization and Stigma 223

Pillar Number Seven: Terror as Enforcement, Cruelty as a Means of Control 237

Pillar Number Eight: Inherent Superiority versus Inherent Inferiority 248

Part 4 The Tentacles of Caste

Brown Eyes verus Blue Eyes 259

Chapter 10 Central Miscasting 263

Chapter 11 Dominant Group Status Threat and the Precarity of the Highest Rung 274

Chapter 12 A Scapegoat to Bear the Sins of the World 293

Chapter 13 The Insecure Alpha and the Purpose of an Underdog 312

Chapter 14 The Intrusion of Caste in Everyday Life 320

Chapter 15 The Urgent Necessity of a Bottom Rung 342

Chapter 16 Last Place Anxiety: Packed in a Flooding Basement 363

Chapter 17 On the Early Front Lines of Caste 373

Chapter 18 Satchel Paige and the Illogic of Caste 392

Part 5 The Consequences of Caste

Chapter 19 The Euphoria of Hate 401

Chapter 20 The Inevitable Narcissism of Caste 407

Chapter 21 The German Girl with the Dark, Wavy Hair 424

Chapter 22 The Stockholm Syndrome and the Survival of the Subordinate Caste 428

Chapter 23 Shock Troops on the Borders of Hierarchy 444

Chapter 24 Cortisol, Telomeres, and the Lethality of Caste 459

Part 6 Backlash

Chapter 25 A Change in the Script 473

Chapter 26 Turning Point and the Resurgence of Caste 490

Chapter 27 The Symbols of Caste 507

Chapter 28 Democracy on the Ballot 533

Chapter 29 The Price We Pay for a Caste System 538

Part 7 Awakening

Chapter 30 Shedding the Sacred Thread 549

The Radicalization of the Dominant Caste 555

Chapter 31 The Heart Is the Last Frontier 560

Epilogue: A World Without Caste … 569

Acknowledgments 589

Notes 601

Bibliography 687

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