Rooster – Male chicken (adult)
Coop – Enclosure / Cage where chicken are kept
This term is popularized in the novel The white tiger by Aravind Adiga (Winner of 40th Man Booker Prize and one among those writers who got this award for their debut work).
The Rooster Coop is a metaphor used in this novel for describing the oppression of poor people.
Roosters in a coop at the market watch one another slaughtered one by one, but are unable or unwilling to rebel and break out of the coop. Similarly, poor people see one another crushed by the wealthy and powerful, defeated by the staggering inequality of the society, but are unable to escape the same fate.
In fact, he argues that the poor actively stop each other from escaping, either willfully by cutting each other down, or less purposely but just as powerfully, through a culture that makes them expect such abuse and servitude.
Quote from the novel
The roosters in the coop smell the blood from above. They see the organs of their brothers…They know they’re next. Yet they do not rebel. They do not try to get out of the coop. The very same thing is done with human beings in this country. By character Balram Halwai
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