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Anti-Semitism: A History and Psychoanalysis of Contemporary Hatred

by Avner Falk
     
 

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In the summer of 2006, the author received a message that read, Love the Nazis, and KILL THE JEWS DEAD. And that was the trigger that launched internationally known scholar Falk into work on this book. Anti-Semitism has once again become a worldwide phenomenon, growing largely during the last decade of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st. Among the

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In the summer of 2006, the author received a message that read, Love the Nazis, and KILL THE JEWS DEAD. And that was the trigger that launched internationally known scholar Falk into work on this book. Anti-Semitism has once again become a worldwide phenomenon, growing largely during the last decade of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st. Among the spurs for this are the migration of Muslim populations and the ongoing Israeli-Arab wars. In this far-reaching and comprehensive volume, Falk delves deeply into the current events, history, and literature on anti-Semitism, integrating insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, and political science. The result is an absorbing exploration of one of the oldest scourges of humanity, spotlighting the irrational and unconscious causes of anti-Semitism.

In the summer of 2006, the author received a message that read, Love the Nazis, and KILL THE JEWS DEAD. And that was the trigger that launched internationally known scholar Avner Falk into work on this book. Anti-Semitism has once again become a worldwide phenomenon, growing largely during the last decade of the twentieth century and the early years of the twenty-first. Among the spurs for this are migration of Muslim populations and the ongoing Israeli-Arab wars. In this far-reaching and comprehensive volume, Falk delves deeply into the current events, history and literature on anti-Semitism, integrating insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, and political science. The result is an absorbing exploration of one of the oldest scourges of humanity, spotlighting the irrational and unconscious causes of anti-Semitism.

This book also features chapters on the psychodynamics of racism, fascism, Nazism, and the dark, tragic, and unconscious processes, both individual and collective, that led to the Shoah. Holocaust denial and its psychological motives, as well as insights into the physical and psychological survival strategies of Holocaust survivors, are explored in depth. There are also chapters on scientific anti-Semitism including eugenics.

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"A political psychologist, Falk takes a multi-disciplinary approach to anti-semitism and ethnic hatred, explaining it as deeply influenced by insights into the irrational in history and contemporary life. On both the individual and collective levels, the author uses psycho-historical insights to explain how societies under stress resort to scapegoating groups in what comes very close to a tribal response to perceived and imagined threats….The bibliography is excellent. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professionals." - Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313353840
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

AVNER FALK is an internationally known Israeli scholar in the fields of psychohistory and political psychology. He trained in Clinical Psychology at the Hebrew University and practiced psychotherapy for 25 years before becoming a fulltime independent scholar. He has authored six previous books.

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