Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology
By: Marcel Stoetzler (editor)Hardback
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Modern antisemitism and the modern discipline of sociology not only emerged in the same period, but - antagonism and hostility between the two discourses notwithstanding - also overlapped and complemented each other. Sociology emerged in a society where modernisation was often perceived as destroying unity and "social cohesion." Antisemitism was likewise a response to the modern age, offering in its vilifications of "the Jew" an explanation of society's deficiencies and crises. Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology is a collection of twelve essays providing a comparative analysis of modern antisemitism and the rise of sociology. This volume addresses three key areas: the strong influence of writers of Jewish background and the rising tide of antisemitism on the formation of sociology; the role of antisemitism in the historical development of sociology through its treatment by leading figures in the field, such as Emile Durkheim, Talcott Parsons and Theodor W. Adorno; and the discipline's development in the aftermath of the Nazi Holocaust.
Together the essays provide a fresh perspective on the history of sociology and the role that antisemitism, Jews, fascism, and the Holocaust played in shaping modern social theory.
Marcel Stoetzler is a lecturer in sociology at Bangor University. He is the author of The State, the Nation, and the Jews: Liberalism and the Antisemitism Dispute in Bismarck's Germany (Nebraska, 2008).
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