Scapegoats: Transferring Blame

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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 ...

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Overview

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: 9780415110198
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/15/1995
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Origins: Tyndale's word and its continued use 3
2 Purification and propitiation: scapegoating founded in the belief systems of society 13
3 Sin-eaters, whipping boys and fall guys: the role of 'victim' and the changes to it brought about by modifications of the belief system 31
4 Scapegoating as public behaviour: the process of scapegoating 51
5 Scapegoating as social behaviour: examples of the process of scapegoating in families, organisations and groups 70
6 Victims: examples of victimisation 85
7 Attempts at understanding: the process 109
8 Attempts at understanding: the victim. What makes an individual or a group become the victims in the scapegoating process? 135
9 The management of scapegoating 153
10 The resolution of scapegoating 170
11 Rite, ritual or survival strategy? Final considerations 190
Bibliography 204
Index 208
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