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Deep South

A Social Anthropological Study of Caste and Class

Second Edition

Deep South

A Social Anthropological Study of Caste and Class

Second Edition

A classic examination of the lived realities of American racism, now with a new foreword from Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson.
First published in 1941, Deep South is a landmark work of anthropology, documenting in startling and nuanced detail the everyday realities of American racism. Living undercover in Depression-era Mississippi—not revealing their scholarly project or even their association with one another—groundbreaking Black scholar Allison Davis and his White co-authors, Burleigh and Mary Gardner, delivered an unprecedented examination of how race shaped nearly every aspect of twentieth-century life in the United States. Their analysis notably revealed the importance of caste and class to Black and White worldviews, and they anatomized the many ways those views are constructed, solidified, and reinforced.

This reissue of the 1965 abridged edition, with a new foreword from Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson—who acknowledges the book’s profound importance to her own workproves that Deep South remains as relevant as ever, a crucial work on the concept of caste and how it continues to inform the myriad varieties of American inequality.

328 pages | 13 line drawings, 5 tables | 6 x 9

Black Studies

History: American History

Sociology: Race, Ethnic, and Minority Relations

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Foreword by Isabel Wilkerson

Part I
1 Introduction: Deep South—A Social Anthropological Study of Caste and Class. W. Lloyd Warner
2 The System of Color-Castes
3 The Class System of the White Caste
4 The White Upper-Class Family
5 The White Middle-Class Family
6 The White Lower-Class Family
7 Social Cliques in the White Society
8 Social Mobility within the White Caste
9 The Class System of the Colored Caste

Part II
10 Intimidation of Labor
11 The Plantation in Its Social Setting
12 Relation between the Caste System and the Economic System
13 Caste, Class, and Local Government: White Power
14 Retrospect, 1965: Power and Caste
Afterword, 1986

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