‘Caste’: Waiting for it? Loved it? Try these titles!

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton

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Caste read-alikes


A More Perfect Reunion by Calvin Baker

Why you should try it: While Baker also lays out a brief history, his book provides a roadmap for a way forward. 

Description: Baker outlines a provocative case for integration in an America that remains overwhelmingly segregated 50 years after the civil rights era, identifying the necessary steps for establishing political and cultural justice.

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Privilege & Punishment by Matthew Clair

Why you should try it: Caste plays out in many ways in our society. Clair shows the damage it causes in our justice system.

Description: Explores how the attorney-client relationship favors the privileged in criminal court—and denies justice to the poor and to working-class people of color.

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Carving Out a Humanity edited by Janet Dewart Bell

Why you should try it: These essays show the many ways that racial and social stratification have been codified, historically and currently.

Description: Preeminent civil rights attorneys and scholars of the past quarter century discuss the faces of law that have continued to perpetuate racial inequality and confound our nation at the start of a new millennium.

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Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

Why you should try it: Oluo’s books are smart and accessible.

Description: A history of American white male identity imagines a merit-based, non-discriminating model while exposing the actual costs of successes defined by racial and sexual dominance.

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The Hollywood Jim Crow by Maryann Erigha

Why you should try it: Find out how caste plays out in one very specific arena of our society. 

Description: Examines the racial discrimination experienced by African Americans in Hollywood, describing the stereotyping of African American directors as “unbankable” and the exclusion of African Americans from employment opportunities, access to resources, and decision making.

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Librarian Kathy Sexton

About Kathy

Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be “Book Pusher,” and refute that “disco” is a dirty word.

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