Scapegoats: Transferring Blame

Scapegoats: Transferring Blame

by Tom Douglas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415110181

ISBN-13: 9780415110181

Pub. Date: 11/15/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Scapegoats are a universal phenomenon, appearing in all societies at all times in groups large and small, in public and private organizations. Hardly a week passes without some media reference to someone or something being made a scapegoat. Tom Douglas examines the process of scapegoating from the perspectives of victims and perpetrators, tracing its development

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Scapegoats are a universal phenomenon, appearing in all societies at all times in groups large and small, in public and private organizations. Hardly a week passes without some media reference to someone or something being made a scapegoat. Tom Douglas examines the process of scapegoating from the perspectives of victims and perpetrators, tracing its development from earliest times as rite of atonement to the modern forms of the avoidance of blame and the victimisation of innocents. The differences and similarities between the ancient and modern forms are examined to reveal that despite the modern logical explanations of behaviour, the mystical element in the form of superstition is still evident.
Directly responding to the Diploma in Social Work's call for texts on anti-discriminatory practice Scapegoats should become essential reading for all social workers in training and practice. Will also be a invaluable resource for all professionals engaging in groupwork and group workers in training.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415110181
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/15/1995
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Origins: Tyndale's word and its continued use3
2Purification and propitiation: scapegoating founded in the belief systems of society13
3Sin-eaters, whipping boys and fall guys: the role of 'victim' and the changes to it brought about by modifications of the belief system31
4Scapegoating as public behaviour: the process of scapegoating51
5Scapegoating as social behaviour: examples of the process of scapegoating in families, organisations and groups70
6Victims: examples of victimisation85
7Attempts at understanding: the process109
8Attempts at understanding: the victim. What makes an individual or a group become the victims in the scapegoating process?135
9The management of scapegoating153
10The resolution of scapegoating170
11Rite, ritual or survival strategy? Final considerations190
Bibliography204
Index208

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