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Caste – a universal system of inequality, abuse of power and humiliation

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent
Forfatter: Isabel Wilkerson
Forlag: Random House (USA)
RANK: In India it is the surname, in the USA it is the skin color, which determines whether one is at the top or bottom of the caste system's ladder

"In the United States, race is the visible manifestation of the invisible power exercised through caste. Caste is the skeleton, race is the skin. "

With this, Isabel Wilkerson defines the theme she deals with in the book Caste. The Origins of Our Discontent. She makes a comprehensive study of a phenomenon where the supposed superiority of one group is set against the supposed inferiority of another. This is a powerful infrastructure that keeps both groups in place and that in effect has an impact on life and death.

Wilkerson compares three caste systems that have distinguished themselves throughout history: the millennial caste system in India; the racial caste pyramid in the United States and what developed in a short time in Nazi Germany. All have been justified as "god-given" or "the law of nature" and revolve around power Those who have it, and. . .

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Ranveig Eckhoff
Eckhoff is a regular reviewer for Ny Tid.

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