Archive for the ‘Understanding Antisemitism 1: Definitions, History & Causes’ Category

The Longest Hatred: Historical antisemitism peaked with the Nazi genocide, but the nightmare is centuries old

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

New Internationalist (2004).

The article provides a brief textual overview of antisemitism from early Christian anti-Judaism, through the Middle Ages, the Industrial Revolution and the Holocaust right until the present day.



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Collective Psychological Processes in Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Avner Falk (2006). Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA).

The author examines recent developments in psychological explanations for prejudice, including antisemitism. He considers the current emphasis on group rather than individual psychological processes, the psychological role of stereotyping, and the implication of these paradigms for the understanding of contemporary and historic manifestations of antisemitism.



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Theory of Anti-Semitism Conceived by Istv

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

György Csepeli (2001). Centro Studi sulla Storia dell’Europa Orientale.

This paper explores the theory of antisemitism offered in the aftermath of the Holocaust by the Hungarian theorist István Bibó. The nature of his explanatory framework, influenced by historical, sociological and social psychological modes of analyses, is explained with detailed reference made to more recent attempts to understand and explain antisemitism.



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Hating Science; Hating The Jews: What’s Philosophically Interesting About Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Samuel Fleischacker (2006). Engage.

The author roots the persistence of antisemitism in the identification of Jews with what can be broadly termed ‘Enlightenment modes of thought’ – ideas that have been perceived to threaten traditional cultures and religions. Refuting the premise that contemporary antisemitism can be reduced to a by-product of anger towards Israel, he examines the association of Jews with evil, subversion and as a force for change in traditional Christian antisemitic thought through to its more recent appearance in the Arab and Islamic World.



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Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination: The Case of Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Arie Nadler (1998). Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism.

Adopting a Social Psychology perspective, the author considers the general causes of stereotypes and prejudice in society. In particular, he considers some of the explanations for the appearance and persistence of antisemitic stereotypes and discrimination. The relevance of group competition over resources, protection of self-esteem, scapegoating and authoritarian personality theories are all considered.



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Enlightenment, Emancipation and Racial Antisemitism

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Ron Schleifer and Gila Ansell Brauner. The Jewish Agency for Israel.

The article provides a brief introduction to the emergence of racial antisemitism from the 17th century onwards. Some of the key differences between this basis and more classical religious and social bases are discussed.



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Antisemitism: A Historical Survey

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Mark Weitzman (1994). Museum of Tolerance, Simon Wiesenthal Center.

This broad survey of the history of antisemitism also considers the question of its definition.



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Working definition of antisemitism

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) (2004).

This working definition of antisemitism was constructed with the intention of aiding in the identification of incidents and in data collection, and to support the implementation and enforcement of legislation dealing with antisemitism. Its attention to manifestations of what has been termed a ‘new antisemitism’ is seen as a landmark event in efforts to counter antisemitism in the world today.



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Defining antisemitism

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Dina Porat and Kenneth S. Stern (2005). The Stephen Roth Institute for the study of contemporary antisemitism and racism.

Beginning with the origins of the term in the 19th century, the authors explore the complexities that have arisen in past attempts to characterise and define antisemitism. Recent developments and debates such as those surrounding the various EUMC definitions are also addressed.



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Antisemitism: Its History and Causes

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Bernard Lazare (1894). Reproduced by Fordham University.

This key text provides an in depth study of antisemitism through the ages. Whilst it has been criticised for its approach to the causes of antisemitism, the book provides an in depth analysis of the key periods of antisemitism in history. The complete book is available online.



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